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Community mourns Sterling Firefighter Lt. Garrett Ramos

Published: Dec. 4, 2021 at 6:33 AM CST|Updated: Dec. 5, 2021 at 8:58 PM CST
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ROCK FALLS, Ill. (KWQC) - The Sterling Fire Department escorted the body of Lieutenant Garrett Ramos from CGH Medical Center to McDonald Funeral Home in Rock Falls, Illinois, at 6:00 pm on Saturday, Dec. 4. The Sterling Fire Department invited the community to stand along the route and pay their respects.

A funeral and visitation have been set for Lt. Ramos this week.

“I remember the day he was born,” said Timothy Ries, a friend of the family and former Sterling firefighter. “He’s a great guy, he’s very personable, very good with people. Knew his job very well, did his job very well.” Ries worked with Ramos’ father, also a Sterling firefighter, until his retirement in 2012. Lt. Ramos started with the department the same year.

“He was a good friend, and a good dad,” said Susan Atchley, a friend of Ramos’. “I wore my Cubs hat tonight for him too, because he was a Cubs fan like I am.”

According to the City of Sterling, Ill., 38-year-old Lt. Garrett Ramos with the Sterling Fire Department died after falling through a floor while fighting a house fire in rural Rock Falls.

According to city officials, crews responded to the house fire around 11:04 p.m. Friday.

The Sterling Fire Department was assisting the Rock Falls Fire Department with the fire at 10031 Ridge Road in rural Rock Falls.

The release said in the early morning hours on Saturday, Ramos was inside the home fighting the fire when the floor collapsed underneath him. EMS crews attempted life-saving treatment on the scene and transported him to a local hospital where he died.

Lt. Garrett Ramos has been with the department since October 2012 and leaves behind a wife and...
Lt. Garrett Ramos has been with the department since October 2012 and leaves behind a wife and two young children.(none)

Sterling’s City Manager, Scott Shumard, said this is the first line of duty death in the Sterling Fire Department’s history.

City leaders said Ramos has been with the department since October 2012 and leaves behind a wife and two young children.

“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,” Shumard said in the release.

The state fire marshal is investigating the incident.

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