Garrett Ramos Death – Cause of Death: Sterling firefighter dies in hospital after ‘floor collapsed underneath him’ while responding to a house fire in Rock Falls, becoming the first Sterling, IL department firefighter to die in the line of duty.
On Friday, December 3, 2021 at approximately 11:04 p.m, 9-1-1 received a call of a house fire at 10031 Ridge Road in Rural Rock Falls. Sterling Fire Department was assisting the Rock Falls Fire Department when 38-year-old Lt. Garrett Ramos with the Sterling Fire Department 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.
“It is with great sadness the City of Sterling notifies the community that in the early hours of December 4th, while Sterling Fire Lieutenant Garrett Ramos was inside fighting the house fire, the floor collapsed beneath him, necessitating a rescue operation,” city officials wrote.
Lieutenant Ramos was 38 years old and served with the Sterling Fire Department since October of 2012.
“He was an amazing individual of the highest caliber on and off duty. He leaves behind his wife and 2 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.”