Fallen New Haven firefighter laid to rest on Thursday

NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) – A firefighter who died while battling a fire in New Haven is being laid to rest on Thursday.

New Haven firefighter Ricardo Torres was killed fighting a house fire on Valley Street on May 12.

Thousands turned out on Thursday to pay their respects at his funeral.

Firefighter Ricardo Torres’ casket arrived at St. Mary’s Church in New Haven.

A morning procession left the New Haven Fire Department and arrived at St. Mary’s Church on Hillhouse Avenue  just after 10 a.m.

The procession for fallen firefighter Ricardo Torres heads from the New Haven Fire Department to St. Mary’s Church.

Gov. Ned Lamont and Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz called firefighting a brotherhood. They said they were struck by the number of firefighters in attendance.

Gov. Ned Lamont and Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz were among the dignitaries who attended firefighter Ricardo Torres’ services.

New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker said he expected there to be between 3,000 and 8,000 people in New Haven on Thursday in support of Torres and his family.

“We have seen an outpouring of support from the community around Connecticut and across the nation,” Elicker said. 

New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker spoke about Thursday’s services for fallen firefighter Ricardo Torres.

Torres was 30 years old, and leaves behind his wife Erica, his soon-to-be 1-year-old son Oliver, and another baby boy due in August, along with a legacy of service and sacrifice.

Family, friends, and firefighters from around the country gathered to honor his memory.

Ricardo Torres, a firefighter who lost his life while battling a fire early Wednesday morning, always wanted to be a firefighter.

Ricardo Torres’ brothers and sisters with the New Haven Fire Department said they are still mourning the heartbreaking loss.

The many people who love him said they will make sure that while he is gone, his memory will carry forward.

After the service ended, several fire departments across the state honored Rico with a rolling tribute, lining each overpass from New Haven to Hartford, saluting the procession all the way to Hartford where Torres will be buried.

Donations are still being collected for the Torres family. Learn more here.

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