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Posted on: December 7, 2021

Garrett Ramos Memorial Fund

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Line of Duty Death in the Sterling Fire Department

Sterling, IL. – On December 3rd at 11:04 pm, 9-1-1 received a call of a house fire at 10031 Ridge Road in Rural Rock Falls.  Sterling Fire Department responded to an automatic aid alarm to assist the Rock Falls Fire Department. Dixon City, Dixon Rural, Milledgeville, Prophetstown, Tampico, Polo, Harmon, Dixon Rural, Amboy, Mount Morris and the Chadwick fire districts assisted along with CGH EMS support.  

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. EMS crews attempted life saving techniques enroute to CGH Medical Center where doctors continued their life saving efforts to no avail. This is the first line of duty death in the history of the Sterling Fire Department.
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. 
The City asks that you please keep his family and the brotherhood of Sterling firefighters in your prayers as we grieve the loss of one of the finest gentlemen one could ever meet.

>>>OFFICIAL Memorial Fund Established for Lt Ramos Family<<<
The City and IAFF Local #2301 have established an official “Garrett Ramos Memorial Fund” through Sauk Valley Bank. IAFF Local #2301 is working with the family of Lt Ramos to establish a trust for his wife and children. 100% of proceeds donated to the memorial fund will be given to the family trust established for his wife and children.
Donations can be made to any Sauk Valley Bank location. Checks should be made out to the “Garrett Ramos Memorial Fund.” An online credit card payment option is available.
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No other donation pages are sanctioned by the City nor Firefighters Local #2301. Other fundraising sites charge overhead and fees and may not have the same oversight or guarantees.

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