Fallen brother missed at firehouse Thanksgiving

Posted at 8:26 PM, Nov 26, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-26 20:26:45-05

CINCINNATI -- Like a lot of first responders, the firefighters of Cincinnati's Fire House 14 spent Thanksgiving at work.

There was a turkey dinner, prepared by head chef and Fire Apparatus Operator Mark Reuss.

"Traditionally in the fire department, the drivers have always been cooks, and it's kind of just carried on throughout the years," Reuss said.

It was a complete Thanksgiving feast, with green bean casserole, sweet potatoes, cranberries and more.

But there was someone missing: Fire House 14 was the home of Daryl Gordon, killed in the line of duty in March.

This year was the first for Fire House 14 without a man regarded by his colleagues as a big teddy bear.

"Everybody kind of remembers things at different times in their lives, and this Thanksgiving might be a little more special because it's our first one without Daryl, and we are all family," Reuss said.

Watch the video above to see what else Gordon's coworkers at Fire House 14 say about this year's Thanksgiving and why their fire family is so important.