The Columbus Division of Fire is mourning the loss of firefighter Edward Gibbons, who died from cancer late last week, according to a news release from the division.
Gibbons joined the division April 2, 1989. He retired Sept. 20, the day before he died.
Throughout his career, Gibbons was assigned to Ladder 2 downtown at Station 2, corner of Fulton Street and Fourth Street, according to information from the fire department. He had a quiet personality around the firehouse, but was a courageous and tenacious firefighter on the scene of an emergency, according to the release.
“We are heartbroken about Ed,” fire Chief Kevin O’Connor said in the release. “Every firefighter diagnosis and death related to cancer is troubling to the division. We have been working very hard to decrease the dangers of this job that are attributed to cancer by educating our members to the dangers they face, decreasing exposure with new equipment upgrades, policy changes and adding features to our new firehouses that will keep contaminates separate from living areas.”
Gibbons filed a claim with the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation under the Ohio firefighter-cancer presumption law. Currently, the claim is in “accepted” status with the BWC.
The fire division will continue to support and assist Gibbons’ wife and family “in any way we can,” the news release said.