(NEW YORK) -- A New York City firefighter was killed Saturday while searching the 19th floor of a burning 21-story building.
Lt. Gordon Ambelas, 40, is the first New York City firefighter to be killed in the line of duty since April 2012.
During a news conference Saturday night with the mayor, New York City Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said "it's a moment we all dread."
"Lt. Ambelas died doing what fire officers do, leading firefighters in search for life," Nigro said.
Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city is mourning the loss of a real hero.
"We're all very fortunate to have the men and women of FDNY at the ready to risk their own lives so that each and every one of us can be safe," de Blasio said. "One of New York's bravest has paid the ultimate price," he added.
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