Excerpts from abc7chicago.com:

Sterling Fire Department Lieutenant Garrett Ramos

Sterling Fire Department Lieutenant Garrett Ramos

Lieutenant Garret Ramos, who served with the Sterling Fire Department for nine years became the first Sterling firefighter to die in the line of duty.

Ramos, a 38-year-old father of two, responded to a house fire in Rock Falls around 11:04 p.m. on Dec. 3. In the early hours of Dec. 4, Ramos was inside fighting the fire at 10031 Ridge Road when the floor collapsed beneath him, prompting a rescue operation.

EMS crews attempted life-saving efforts while transporting Ramos to CGH Medical Center, where doctors continued those techniques to no avail.

The state fire marshal will be conducting a full investigation into the incident.