Ricardo Torres Jr. had a passion for life and for giving back to those in need. He was ambitious, hardworking, and powered through any and every obstacle that would come his way. He was never one to give up.
From the time he was a little boy, he dreamed of one day becoming a firefighter, and in July of 2019 he was accepted into New Haven’s newest recruit class. Ricardo started his career at his first choice firehouse, Engine 6, Dixwell Station. During his time at Dixwell Station, Ricardo built a reputation for himself as a man with fierce drive and a strong work ethic. It was here that he experienced and enjoyed the camaraderie of his second family and realized his dream since he was two years old.
An amazing son and brother, Rico grew up in West Haven and loved playing hockey, going fishing, and snowboarding. During his free time, Rico enjoyed being with his family, working on his garden, and catching up on sports. He was a loyal fan to the New York Giants, New York Yankees, and the Philadelphia Flyers.
Ricardo leaves behind his wife, Erica; sons, Oliver and Crew; his mother, Cathy; stepfather, Armand; sister, Cayla; and many other family members and friends.
Ricardo’s legacy will forever carry on as we remember him for who he was—a loving and proud father, an adoring husband, a loving son and hero.
After meeting, interviewing and hiring Ricardo Torres Jr., I knew there was something special about him. He wanted to be a firefighter from the time he was toddler. He was full of life and energy. Rarely, in this life, do you meet people in a short span of time who have a profound impact on you and our profession. Ricardo was one such person and firefighter. He is and will continue to be, sorely, missed. R.I.P.– John Alston
My brother Rico will forever be cherished and remembered on a daily in NHFD. In the short amount of time that I got to know him and work along his side, he touched my life and have left a lifelong mark. Rest In Peace and long lives “The Tornado”! Recruit class 62– Jeffrey Taylor
Rico I wish I had more time to get to know you better, but I love hearing who you were from your classmates. I will always carry you with me.
Love your brother,– Mark Bascetta NHFD
New Haven Fire
Hey Rico, it’s the start of the football season and you must have been out there somewhere because there is no way the Giants should have beaten the Titans lol. Love you bro continue to watch over us. 62 4ever– Dez Pittman
Rico, you have left a huge void in lives. We miss you more and more each day! We love you!– Madeline Martinez