(WINDSOR LOCKS) — Firefighters in Connecticut gathered on Sunday to hold the 19th Annual Connecticut State Firefighters Memorial Service.
This year, New Haven Firefighter Ricardo Torres Jr.’s name was placed on the memorial. He died in the line of duty earlier this year.
His friends and family were there to honor his sacrifice.
Armand Mendez, Torres Jr.’s step-father, said of Ricardo, “Rick was a firecracker, a spark plug…Him becoming a firefighter, one, it was his dream and service to others was something he always held dearly.”
Assistant Chief of Operations Terrence Roundtree told News 8, “All firefighters serve their communities. We risk our lives daily to protect their lives, so it’s something that should never ever be forgotten…He was an inspiring firefighter, loved his job, came to work every day to serve the communities of New Haven. He had a bright future ahead of him and, unfortunately, it ended too quickly.”
Edward J. Waido, the president of the CT State Firefighters, added, “We think of them before we think of ourselves. Our job is to save lives…protect and serve.”
The ceremony took place at the Connecticut Fire Academy in Windsor Locks. Plaques were given to the families to forever remember their loved ones as heroes.