New Haven firefighter Torres killed in the line of duty laid to rest in Hartford following ceremonies in New Haven

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — The New Haven firefighter that was killed while responding to a house fire last week was laid to rest Thursday.

Funeral services were held for Ricardo Torres Jr. on May 20.

His funeral procession will start this morning at 9:15 and go from fire headquarters on Grand Avenue to Saint Mary’s Church on Hillhouse Avenue. The church made world-famous by Blessed Michael McGivney when he started the Knights of Columbus in the church’s basement.

Some streets in the area were closed for the procession. We will keep you up to date on any road closures in this article.

Instead of flowers, loved ones ask that memorial contributions be made in honor of Torres Jr. to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation at

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Torres Jr. and Lt. Samod Rankins were rescuing two people in a burning home on Valley Street on May 12. Torres Jr. died in that fire.

The fire also sent Lt. Rankins to recover in the burn unit. He is now in fair condition at Bridgeport Hospital. Two others were injured.

Torres Jr. leaves behind spouse Erica Martinez and sons Oliver and Crew Torres, who is to be born in August. It was his dream to be a firefighter since he was a child.

Torres was assigned to Engine 6.

You can read the full obituary for Torres Jr. here.

Flags have been directed to half-staff all week long as a mark of respect for Torres Jr. They will return to full-staff Thursday evening.

The New Haven fire trucks have a new logo; a black stripe over the fire department’s emblem.

The New Haven Fire Department is also honoring Torres Jr. and helping his family by selling official t-shirts and stickers.

The fire department will share the order form for the shirt and stickers at a later date.

Lt. Samod Rankins was injured in the fire. He is listed in fair condition in the burn unit at Bridgeport Hospital.

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