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“Dear Garrett,I am so glad we had the time together at station 3 in North Charleston, SC. You were an amazing firefighter and a great friend. We will...Read More »
1 of 29 | Posted by: Ben and Britt Siegel - Huger, SC

“Edward I am very sorry for the loss of your son! Sorry I just found out. Please the whole family receive my deepest condolences! Edward Please give...Read More »
2 of 29 | Posted by: Jose Morales - Los Indios, TX

“Ramos Family,Sending my sincere heartfelt condolences. ”
3 of 29 | Posted by: Cheryl Dieterle Gardner - IL

“I am a nurse in the CGH Emergency Department. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I never knew Garret personally, but remember...Read More »
4 of 29 | Posted by: Rhonda Miller - Sterling, IL

“On behalf of the men and women assigned to firehouse Engine Co. and Rescue Co. 7 we wish to send our deepest sympathy and condolences to the Ramos...Read More »
5 of 29 | Posted by: Benjamin Dye - Work

“Rest In Peace brother,know you are loved.Your selflessness will be always remembered.Your family will be eternally honored for how you lived! ”
6 of 29 | Posted by: Steve Covello FF/PM Retired

“My sincerest condolences. Garrett's optimism and pure awesomeness were a such a gift. I'll never forget my time with him at ISU. He was truly an...Read More »
7 of 29 | Posted by: Bob Newhalfen - Frankfort

“Sending prayers to your family during this time. I am so sorry for your loss. ”
8 of 29 | Posted by: Ashley Wright - Byron, IL

“I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Sending prayers to the family. ”
9 of 29 | Posted by: Helen Kappmeyer - SAN ANTONIO,, TX

“Dear Ed, Jeannie, Brittany, Ruthie, Kepa and family,We are sending you all our deepest sympathies, prayers, love and hugs. Garrett sure left a huge...Read More »
10 of 29 | Posted by: Sarah and John Nitz - Sterling, IL

“Jeannie, Ed, and family,I am so sad for your tremendous loss. My heart reaches out to you, your daughter-in-law, your granddaughters, and your...Read More »
11 of 29 | Posted by: Janelle Bailey - Green Bay, WI

“Dear Ed, Jeanie and family, We are so saddened by your loss. Know that the community is heart broken right along with you due to the tragic loss of...Read More »
12 of 29 | Posted by: Brenda and Lonny Reynolds - IL

“There aren't words to express the depth of sorrow we feel for the loss of Garrett. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. ”
13 of 29 | Posted by: Mary & Ed Wright - Sterling, IL

“Know I'll be praying for his wife, kids & the rest of our family. I'm so sorry for the loss of such a?respected, honorable, joyful young man. May God...Read More »
14 of 29 | Posted by: Josie Martirez Martirez - Yuma, AZ

“You will be missed Garrett. I will continue the cool stories of you riding your beach cruiser to Station 3 in flip flops. Rest easy brother ”
15 of 29 | Posted by: Greg Schelest - North Charleston, SC

“Our deepest sympathy and prayers go out to Garrett's family. We pray daily that you can feel the love of God during your tragic loss of a son/father...Read More »
16 of 29 | Posted by: judy and kim lendman - sterling

“My condolences on your loss. ”
17 of 29 | Posted by: Cristina Avelar - Sterling, IL

“Our hearts go out to Garrett's family. Such a great loss of someone so special. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. ”
18 of 29 | Posted by: Mike & Debbi Orlowski - Sterling, IL

“Rest In Peace ”
19 of 29 | Posted by: Jose, Carmen, Lupita Serranos - IL

“So sorry for your loss ”
20 of 29 | Posted by: Christine Esparza Esparza - FL

“To Jeannie, her husband and family. My heart is broken for what you must be going through. I am so very sorry for your loss. I wish I had the...Read More »
21 of 29 | Posted by: Judith & Bob Edison - Sterling, IL

“Dear Ramos family, My family and I extend our deepest sympathies to all on Garrett's passing. Unfortunately, I never had the opportunity to meet...Read More »
22 of 29 | Posted by: Chris Piso

“This makes me so sad! RIP Young Man! ”
23 of 29 | Posted by: Wayne Burgess - DIXON, IL

“So sorry to hear about this. He died doing what he loved. May he RIP and a slow hand salute ”
24 of 29 | Posted by: Roger Berry Berry - Morrison, IL

“My sincere condolences to the Ramos family and Garrett's work family. We have all lost an outstanding member of this community. He will be sorely...Read More »
25 of 29 | Posted by: Matt Gingrich - Sterling, IL

“Our thoughts, our prayers & our hearts are with all who loved & treasured Garrett ”
26 of 29 | Posted by: Neil & Jean Richmond - Sterling, IL

“thoughts and prayers are with you and your family ”
27 of 29 | Posted by: Michele and Alan Perry - IL

“My sincerest condolences to your family. ”
28 of 29 | Posted by: Judy Percycoe Bodmer - Parrish, FL

“Garrett, your knowledge and leadership skills will truly be missed. Rest in Peace my brother. ”
29 of 29 | Posted by: Dave Lohse - Dixon, IL - Friend


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Captain Garrett E. Ramos, 38 died in the line of duty in the early hours of Saturday, December 4, 2021.

Garrett was born on October 27, 1983 in Sterling, IL to Edward and Jeannie (McKee) Ramos. His happy and positive demeanor was evident from a young age. His magnetic personality won the hearts of everyone in his life. He loved to spend time with his parents, grandparents and friends. He grew up participating in many team sports, especially excelling at basketball and thriving in the team environment. Family, faith and sports laid the foundation for the man of character he would become.

Garrett attended St. Mary's Grade School and graduated from Sterling High School in 2002. He attended the South Carolina Fire Academy following his graduation from Illinois State University.

Following in his father's footsteps, he began his firefighting career at the North Charleston Fire Department in Charleston, SC; a place he loved ever since vacationing there with his family as a child. He was drawn to the history and beauty of the area; surfing the beaches every chance he had. In 2012, he returned to his hometown where he would serve his community at the Sterling Fire Department and later build his life centered around what mattered most to him - his family.
He married the love of his life, Brittney C. Berger on July 23, 2016 in Benton Harbor, MI. They traveled around the world together before the birth of their two daughters Ruthie (3) & Kepa (2). A devoted and loving husband and father, he embraced every moment of every day with his girls - whether painting their nails, playing endlessly or caring for them when they were sick. He started every day with a positivity that all those around him wanted to emulate, bringing joy to all the little moments of life.

It was not only his family who was impacted by and received his joy. He valued every person that came into his life, whether it be neighbors, coworkers or someone he just met. His smile was contagious, his laughter was infectious and his heart was made of gold. He was endlessly generous with his time and in addition to his nearly 10 years of service at SFD, he also served as the Union President for Local 2301. Having served as Acting Captain for the past year, the City of Sterling has posthumously promoted him to the rank of Captain.

If you met Garrett you loved Garrett.

Survivors include his wife, Brittney; daughters Ruthie and Kepa; parents Ed and Jeannie Ramos; sister Jennifer (Aaron) Brannon; nieces: Joslyn and Isla; his nephew Drake; his mother in law Sue (Liz) Roberts and father in law Rick (Linda) Berger; several aunts, uncles and cousins and countless others who loved him dearly.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents Gordon & Ruth (Lendman) McKee and Jose & Delia (Vargas) Ramos as well as his Aunt Eileen Marrs and cousins Amanda Tope and Kevin Fuglestad.

There will be a visitation on Wednesday, December 8, 2021 from 5:00-8:00 PM at the Sterling High School Fieldhouse. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, December 9th; commencing with a service at 10:00 AM at Westwood Sports Complex (building 3) followed by a procession to the Main Fire Station where a fallen firefighter tribute will be conducted.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are being requested to benefit his wife and children. An account has been established with Sauk Valley Bank in the name of "Garrett Ramos Memorial Fund" and donations are being accepted at all SVB locations. An online option for donating will be forthcoming.