New Haven Fire Department Mourns The Line Of Duty Death Of One Of Their Own
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Fire Departments and local leaders from all over Connecticut and beyond are extending words of sympathy for the loss of a New Haven firefighter killed in the line of duty early Wednesday morning.
Three other firefighters were injured while putting out a house fire in the Elm City; one of them is listed in critical condition.
Governor Ned Lamont announced that he is directing U.S. and state flags in Connecticut lowered to half-staff.
“On behalf of the State of Connecticut, I send my deepest condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of New Haven Firefighter Ricardo Torres, Jr.,” Governor Lamont said. “Today’s tragedy is a heartbreaking reminder of the dangers that firefighters face each and every day when responding to emergencies. Firefighter Torres is a hero, who dedicated his life to the safety of the people of New Haven. My thoughts are also with the firefighters who were injured while responding to this emergency, and I pray for their speedy recovery.”
We grieve for the tragic loss of Firefighter Torres,” Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz said. “He sacrificed his life for the lives of others. His bravery and courage in service to his community and our state will always be remembered. My heart goes out to his family, friends, and the New Haven Fire Department.”
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro also reacting to the loss. She said, in part, “I am heartbroken over the loss of Ricardo Torres. He made the ultimate sacrifice and will be remembered as a hero, a person who went above and beyond for the people of New Haven. My prayers are with his family, friends, and loved ones.”
The New Haven Board of Alders also released the following statement:
It is with a heavy heart that we offer our condolences on behalf of the Board of Alders to the family of Ricardo Torres Jr., the firefighter who lost his life in the line of duty to our City. We also wish a speedy recovery to the firefighters injured Lt. Samod Rankins, Tyrone Reed, and Tyler Skolnik. Our prayers, well wishes, and thoughts are with Chief John Alston and the New Haven Fire Department.
Firehouses across New Haven are also leaving their flags at half staff.
A GoFund me page has been posted to help the family of fallen firefighter Ricardo Torres. See below for further details.