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.
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.