Injured New Haven firefighter creates $50K scholarship in honor of fallen colleague

A New Haven fire lieutenant who was injured during a house fire that killed a fellow firefighter is creating a scholarship in his honor.

News 12 Staff

Jun 23, 2021, 10:00 AM

Updated 1,060 days ago

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A New Haven fire lieutenant who was injured during a house fire that killed a fellow firefighter is creating a scholarship in his honor.
Lt. Samod Rankins was injured in a fire on May 12, the same day firefighter Ricardo Torres Jr. was killed in the line of duty while fighting the fire.
Rankins has been hospitalized twice since the fire.
Rankins' family released a statement saying he is donating $50,000 toward city residents interested in obtaining their EMT certification to pursue firefighter career paths.
The scholarship, called the Ricardo Torres Jr. scholarship, is named after Torres, who was both Rankins' colleague and friend.
Applicants must reside in the city of New Haven, be 18 years or older, possess a high school diploma or GED, and write a one-page essay as to why they want to become a firefighter.
The applications will become available on Aug. 1.



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