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Sterling firefighter dies in line of duty

Lt. Garrett Ramos was inside a house fighting a fire when the floor collapsed from beneath him Friday night.

ROCK FALLS, Ill. — A Sterling Fire Department lieutenant died while on duty late Friday night. He was responding to a fire in rural Rock Falls when the incident happened. 

A news release from the city of Sterling said the department received the call just after 11 p.m. Friday at 10031 Ridge Road. EMS crews attempted life-saving measures on the firefighter on scene and in route to CGH Medical Center where doctors continued life saving efforts to no avail. 

The firefighter was identified as Lt. Garrett Ramos. Officials said that he was killed after a floor collapsed beneath him while he was inside fighting the fire.

 He is the first line-of-duty death in the history of the Sterling Fire Department. 

Credit: Sterling Fire Department

The State Fire Marshal will be conducting a full investigation on the incident. No further information is available as of Saturday morning.