NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — As New Haven firefighters remember the life of fallen firefighter Ricardo Torres Jr., neighboring fire departments are stepping up and showing their support for the NHFD by covering their shifts during the funeral Thursday.
Mutual aid began on Wednesday evening and will continue through Friday at 8 a.m. It gives the New Haven firefighters a chance to grieve, attend Torres Jr.’s funeral, and not have to worry about stepping away to go on duty.
The East Haven, Waterbury, and West Haven are among the fire departments that cover the shifts on this day of remembrance.
“We don’t want anyone who wants to be at that funeral home, who wants to be at that funeral – and it’s not just go to a funeral home and go back to work, there’s a process of grieving here. It’s going to hurt. People are going to be hurting. And they thought that by doing this it would give people a break so they wouldn’t have to say, alright, I have to go right back to work, they’re being covered,” said Rick Fontana, the City of New Haven’s Director of Emergency Operations.
Fire departments from out of town are coming to New Haven to show their support during the funeral and during the procession to where Torres Jr. will be put in his final resting place.
Thursday afternoon, the New Haven Fire Department thanked those surrounding fire departments on social media for their coverage.