USFA: Connecticut On-Duty Death

During the fire, Firefighter Torres was in trouble and transmitted a mayday.

Firefighter Torres was in trouble and transmitted a mayday

United States Fire Administration

The U.S. Fire Administration has announced the official on-duty death of Firefighter Ricardo Torres, Jr., 30, of the New Haven Fire Department on May 12, 2021.

On Wednesday, May 12, 2021, at approximately 12:45 a.m., New Haven Fire Department personnel arrived at the scene of a residential fire. The members of the department rescued two residents who were trapped inside the house. During the fire, Firefighter Torres was in trouble and transmitted a mayday. He and his lieutenant were both found unconscious on the second floor of the home. Firefighter Torres was transported to the local hospital and was later pronounced deceased. The lieutenant was also transported to the hospital and remains in critical condition.

Tribute is being paid to Firefighter Torres, Jr. at http://apps.usfa.fema.gov/firefighter-fatalities/

To date, 43 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2021. Year-to-date and annual USFA firefighter fatality reports are posted online at https://www.usfa.fema.gov/data/statistics/ff_fatality_reports.html

Fatality status is provisional and may change as USFA contacts State Fire Marshals to verify fatality incident information.

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