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Rankins and Torres were pulled out of the home unconscious. Torres, who was 30, succumbed to his injuries while Rankins was transported to the burn unit at Bridgeport Hospital and put into a medically induced coma as doctors extracted carbon monoxide from his lungs.
When asked if the fire may have had a different outcome had there been a chief of operations on the scene Cannon stated, “We were warned to not go there. I’m going there. Yes.”
During firefighting operations two firefighters on the second floor fell through the floor and a mayday was called.
Rankins, a popular figure in the community was critically injured in a May 12 fire on Valley Street that killed his friend, fellow firefighter Ricardo Torres Jr.
10 days after a fire that hospitalized a firefighter, members of the fire department met to discuss what was done correctly and what could be done better.
Firefighters, police officers, and citizens pay tribute to New Haven firefighter Ricardo Torres, Jr.
Instead of flowers, loved ones ask that memorial contributions be made in honor of Torres Jr. to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation at firehero.org.