Ill. FF dies after falling through floor at house fire

Garrett Ramos, 38, is the city of Sterling’s first firefighter to die in the line of duty


By Leila Merrill

STERLING, Ill. — Lt. Garrett Ramos, 38, of the Sterling Fire Department died early Saturday while fighting a house fire in rural Rock Falls, according to the city of Sterling.

The department got the call about the fire at 11:04 p.m. Friday, the city said, to assist the Rock Falls Fire Department. A total of 13 fire departments and a CGH EMS support unit responded to the fire.

Ramos fell through a floor while battling the fire. EMS providers and CGH Medical Center doctors tried to save his life.

Ramos is survived by his wife and two children.

Ramos joined the department in 2012 and is the city of Sterling’s first firefighter to die in the line of duty, said Sterling City Manager Scott Shumard, ABC 7 reported.

“He was an amazing individual of the highest caliber on and off duty,” a city hall Facebook post reads. “It is a truly devastating loss to his family, the City family, especially his brothers in the fire service, and to the larger Sterling community.”

State fire marshals are investigating Ramos’ death.

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