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Garrett Edward Ramos


On Friday, Dec. 3, 2021, Lieutenant Garrett Edward Ramos responded to a residential fire. While at the scene, he fell through the first floor into the basement. He was immediately rushed to the hospital where he passed away from his injuries on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021. Investigation into the incident is ongoing. Lieutenant Garrett Edward Ramos was posthumously promoted to Captain.

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

Department information

Sterling Fire Department
110 W 5th ST
Sterling, Illinois 61081

Chief: Michael Dettman

Age: 38
Rank: Lieutenant
Classification: Career
Incident date: December 3, 2021 11:04 p.m.
Date of death: December 4, 2021
Cause of death: Unknown
Nature of death: Unknown
Activity type: Advance Hose Lines/Fire Attack (includes Wildland)
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Fire
Fixed property use: Residential

Last updated: December 15, 2021