Fire Suppression Technician Eduardo Ramirez died in the line of duty on April 21, 2020. A lifelong El Pasoan, he was dedicated to serving his community. Affectionately known as “Lurch” by his fellow firefighters, he served with the El Paso Fire Department for 19 years and one day, finishing his career at Station 8 with the closest of brothers. He truly found a home in C Shift and became the best of friends with Lt. Roger Korte, whom he missed dearly, and FF José Perez. Eddie had a personality to match his 6′ 6″ size. He would jokingly answer the phone, “Section 8. How may I help you?” and would say, “Pumper 8 for life!” Eddie was devoted to his profession, always ready to answer the call, and pushed others to strictly adhere to physical training on and off duty. When it came to being a firefighter, he knew his territory like the back of his hand and could recite any protocol verbatim.
Always one to shy away from accolades, Eddie’s achievements during his tenure with the EPFD included the Good Conduct Ribbon and the Emergency Mobilization Ribbon, for his efforts in helping displaced victims of Hurricane Katrina. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor (the highest honor given, and the only one awarded in the history of the EPFD), the Purple Heart, and the Career Achievement Ribbon. His steadfastness and consummate professionalism will always be remembered.
Eddie was willing to lend a helping hand to anyone at any hour, and he proved it many times. He volunteered with the Special Olympics for nearly seven years; his favorite event was the Holiday Gift Wrapping.
The second of five siblings, Eddie was the biggest little brother ever and his sisters’ favorite to gossip with or give advice to. Eddie was constantly the center of attention and had this magnetism that attracted everyone to him. Though he had a tough-looking exterior due to his stature and numerous tattoos, he was truly a gentle giant. He was a jokester who always had the biggest grin and funny stories to share.
Once his sons were born, he was completely enamored and obsessed, spending every free moment with them. He spent countless hours wrestling, going to the park, building Lego sets, attending every field trip, and being the Classroom Dad.
Eddie is survived by his Wifey for Lifey, Vanessa; sons, Anthony and Daniel; parents; older brother; three younger sisters; extended family, including many nieces and nephews; and all his brothers and sisters from the EPFD. His memory lives on.