New Haven Firefighter Ricardo Torres Jr. Sacrifices His Life For Others

 May 14, 2021

Firefighters routinely run into buildings to save residents. Even with their fire gear, experience, and training, they can become disoriented and lost in flames and smoke.

Some firefighter get to the point, where they need to be rescued themselves, while others never make it back out.

New Haven Fire

New Haven Firefighters responded to a fire call at a home early Wednesday morning. When they arrived, the home was engulfed in flames.

They were told that there was a woman trapped inside the residence. Two firefighters went inside to save her.

According to WFSB, once the woman was out of the building, they received a mayday call from one of the firefighters still inside.

Rescuing Their Own

Chief John Alston said, "One firefighter reported being lost and disorientated. We activated our search and rescue team to find them. Turned out, it was two of them."

The firemen, Lt. Samod Rankins and Ricardo Torres Jr., were both unconscious by the time firefighter reached them. Torres died due to the fire, while Rankins was taken to the hospital with critical respiratory injuries.

Two additional firefighters went to the hospital with minor injuries. As a result of the tragic turn of events, many of the on-scene firefighters were very upset.

"This is a very difficult time for our department. Many of our members are hurting. We ask the public [for] their prayers."

Chief Alston

Firefighters and investigators are working to determine the cause of the blaze.

Community Outpouring

In July, Torres would have been with New Haven Fire Department for two years. Mayor Justin Elicker offered his condolences.

Elicker said, "To lose someone who is truly a hero who went into harm's way to ensure the safety of others, this is something that will impact us for months and years to come."

In addition, Alston talked about how he wants Torres to be remembered saying, "I want them to remember that since he was a child, he wanted to be a firefighter. I want him to be remembered doing what he loved to do and that he sacrifice his life-saving someone else."

Torres leaves behind his pregnant wife and a child.

Making a Difference

Torres cared about people and about doing his job well. He died living his childhood dream of being a firefighter and helping to keep an older woman safe.

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13 comments on “New Haven Firefighter Ricardo Torres Jr. Sacrifices His Life For Others”

  1. May God grant all the families of these hero's peace. May we all remember these men and women are the real hero's in our lives. Not the spoiled rotten over paid, ego driven, players of games, actors of plays and movies. Lying politicians, late night and mid-day talk show mouths, BLM and other violent rioters, looters, and murderers. God please watch over our Firefighters, police officers and our military service personal.

  2. My Deepest Sympathy for the Torres Family and the Brave Firefighters of New Haven. I know the requirements of a firefighter because I was in crash rescue in the Air Force. Torres was a HERO in my eyes, a medal of honor is what should be on his grave marker however that will not replace the man, God Bless Him and His Family.

  3. Thank God for men and women willing to risk their lives for others! Firefighters & police officers are those that should be held in the highest esteem!!!!

    May firefighter Torres Rest In Peace, he’s a hero, now in a better place. In their sorrow let his family and friends remember him for the hero he was. God bless them all.

  4. So BLEEPING SAD ! Ricardo Torres Jr. and Samod Rankins are still considered hero's just for entering a house ABLZE to attempt to save a life ( one costing his own life ) !!! Will say and send prayers to them & all fire fighters ! ! ! SUCH A DANGEROUS JOB !!! THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR HARD WORK & SERVICE !

  5. Rest in peace dear brother. God needed you with Him. God bless your brave soul, your family and friends and the rest of us brothers and sisters. AMEN

  6. I pray for the Department and this fallen heroes family! God bless all our firefighter, policeman and woman and first responders. Life would be much harder without these selfless heroes to protect and occasionally save us all! So sorry to here about this loss, this man was a true hero!

  7. The men and women that serve as Firefighters or Police officers, are NEVER sure IF or When they will return Home. I wonder when the last time was that each of us walked up to a Fire-fighter or a Police Officer, and just shook their hand or said "THANKS"!!?? I respect them ALL, and tell them "THANKS" whenever I can. Sure, I have received a ticket or two over the years, but deserved every one of them. I had a friend that served on the Honor Guard at the National Cemetery for the two years that he served in the Army, and when he finished his tour of duty,,,He came back home to Minnesota, and joined the Minneapolis Police Department where he served for 33 years! I always respected and actually envied him his service in both areas. He died a few years ago, but will be remembered for a long time by his fellow officers, and me. GOD BLESS ALL WHO SERVE, including those that stand on the FRONT LINES AND HELP US RECEIVE THE COVID SHOTS!!! They are ALL HERO'S!!

  8. Fire fighters and many others take risks for us every day and we dont even think of it , how would you like to be a law officer after a robber or killer into a place he cant see ? or just pulling a car over ? he has NO idea what he will face but the / or she does it routinely .

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