50+ Providence firefighters honor fallen brother in Connecticut


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WPRI) — Firefighters from all over New England said goodbye to one of their own in Connecticut.

New Haven Firefighter Ricardo Torres Jr., who was killed in the line of duty earlier this month, was laid to rest Thursday morning.

More than 50 Providence firefighters traveled to New Haven, joining the thousands who attended the funeral.

Providence firefighters say the firefighting community is like a family.

“It’s New England and every firefighter’s connected because we’re all in the same struggle, same fight. We’re fighting for everyone’s lives and we do all the same,” Bryant Hiengphothichack said. “Again, it’s our brother. We show our respects. We fight for him, he’d fight for us.”

The firefighters say they were thankful they could pay their respects in person, something they couldn’t do when they lost fellow firefighters last year because of the pandemic.

“When we go into a situation, everybody’s going into the same situation. Never know how it’s going to turn out. It’s a sister city, anywhere we are, if we’re in the vicinity, we pay our respects,” John Dorcena added.

The incident that killed Torres and injured a handful of other firefighters in New Haven remains under investigation.

Torres leaves behind a young child and a wife who is pregnant.

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