Sterling Fire Department, Illinois ● Line of Duty Death: December 4, 2021

On December 3, 2021, Lieutenant Garrett Edward Ramos responded to a residential fire and while at the scene, he fell through the first floor into the basement. He was taken to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries on December 4, 2021. Lieutenant Garrett Edward Ramos was posthumously promoted to Captain.

Ramos grew up in Sterling, IL and could usually be found riding his bike with friends or playing basketball. Even as a young child he had a magnetic personality. Growing up he didn’t intend to follow in his father’s footsteps and join the fire department, but ended up loving the profession and would often say, “We have the best job in the world.” Ramos enjoyed serving the community he grew up in, and felt a responsibility to do so. Garrett was committed to training and growing as a firefighter.

Fire Captain Ramos was given the Firefighter Excellence Award. He was honored for his heroic and courageous actions in serving the community of Sterling, Illinois. This award recognizes an act of service in the line of duty, demonstrating excellence and professionalism.

Garrett was known by his fellow firefighters as a natural leader, always uplifting those around him with contagious laughter and selfless care. He was a man of courage and profound love. He is survived by his wife, Brittney, and two daughters.

“In the midst of the worst reality I could imagine, Tunnel to Towers stepped in and granted me the most unexpected and generous gift—payment of our mortgage. When everything around me was crashing down, they came in and gave me and my girls stability and hope. Tunnels to Towers is allowing me to focus on grieving and taking care of my girls. I will forever be grateful to T2T for their support and welcoming me into their family. Thank you for honoring my husband and his sacrifice with this gift. Thank you so much.” 

– Brittney Ramos, Wife, Ruthie Ramos and Kepa Ramos