New Haven, CT

One Year Later, New Haven Firefighters Remember Ricardo Torres Jr.’s Ultimate Sacrifice by Unveiling New Memorial Today

Final farewell for Firefighter Ricardo "Rico" Torres Jr. May 12, 2021.FIREGROUNDIMAGES.COM Photo

NEW HAVEN, CT - One year ago today, at approximately 12:45am, the New Haven Fire Department tragically lost one of their own at a house fire as he heroically gave his life to save others. Firefighter Ricardo “Rico” Torres Jr. made the ultimate sacrifice in the early morning hours at a house fire on May 12, 2021 at 190 Valley Street. 911 dispatchers were receiving multiple calls for a house fire. First companies on scene found heavy fire from the 2 family home. It was reported that there were two people trapped and an aggressive interior fire attack and search was commenced. Two residents were successfully rescued, but unfortunately Ricardo perished in battling this incident that escalated to a 2nd alarm. Thousands of firefighters from New Haven and across the country arrived at his funeral to honor him and say goodbye. Torres, 30, left a wife and two young children. He was sworn in to the New Haven Fire Department in July of 2019 and was assigned to Engine 6.

Click here for full gallery of images from the Line of Duty Death Funeral for Ricardo Torres that took place last year on May 20, 2021.

Today, May 12, 2022, the New Haven Fire Department Dixwell Station (Engine 6 / Truck 4) will be honoring his sacrifice by unveiling a new memorial. The ceremony will take place at 10:00 am at Rico’s final firehouse assignment, 125 Goffee St. His family, friends, and fire department ‘family’ as we call it will celebrate his life and sacrifice once again.

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Seymour, CT

Fire Consumes Building in Downtown Seymour, CT Displacing 5 Businesses

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