IFLODD: Firefighter Memorial

Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Garrett Ramos
Agency Sterling Fire Department
Rank Lieutenant
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range 36 to 40
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 12/4/2021
Cause of Death Fall
Nature of Death Asphyxiation
Attribute of Death
Type of Duty Firefighting operations

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Rock Falls
Incident State IL
Incident Date 12/3/2021
Incident Location
Incident Attribute Structural collapses

Incident Summary

On December 4, 2021 Sterling Fire Department Lieutenant Garrett Ramos died in the line of duty while responding to a house fire in rural Rock Falls. Lieutenant Ramos was killed when the floor of the house collapsed.

The Sterling Fire Department was one of 11 fire districts that responded to the house fire. After the floor collapsed rescue operations commenced and life saving efforts were made before Ramos was pronounced dead early Saturday morning. Ramos’ death is the first line of duty death in Sterling Fire Department history.

Funeral services for Ramos were held at the Westwood Fitness and Sports Center on December 9, 2021.

Ramos was posthumously promoted to captain, having served as acting captain for the past year prior to his death. He had been a member of Sterling Fire Department for nine years. He is survived by his wife and two children.


“City of Sterling Press Release,” Facebook, December 4, 2021.

"Garrett E. Ramos,” legacy.com, December 2021.

"Remembering Garrett Ramos: Funeral held Thursday for Sterling firefighter killed in the line of duty,” KWQC, December 9, 2021.

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