Ricardo Torres Jr.

Medical Examiner Releases Cause of Death For Fallen Firefighter Ricardo Torres Jr.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has released the cause and manner of death for a New Haven firefighter who died in the line of duty in May.

The OCME said Ricardo Torres Jr., a 30-year-old father, died of asphyxia due to lack of breathing gas. Officials went on to say that Torres' death was an accident.

Torres died when he went into a burning home on Valley Street in New Haven to rescue people and fight the fire.

Ricardo Torres Jr., a 30-year-old father of one son with another due this summer, died last Wednesday in the line of duty when he went into a burning home on Valley Street in New Haven, to rescue people and fight the fire.

Torres, who grew up in West Haven, had dreamed of being a firefighter from the age of 2. He joined the New Haven Fire Department in July 2019 and was assigned to Engine 6, Fourth Division.

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