Joint statement: Sterling, Rock Falls to appeal ‘errors’ in state report on fatal fire

Cities say they have implemented training changes recommended by the report

Ramos was killed while battling a fire early Saturday morning in Rock Falls.
  1. The misidentification of the Accountability Officer on the scene.
  2. The report’s accompanying “Hazard Alert Letter” for Sterling, which they say refers to a separate and unrelated incident from earlier in 2021.
Troy Taylor

Troy E. Taylor

Was named editor for and the Gazette and Telegraph in 2021. An Illinois native, he has been a reporter or editor in daily newspapers since 1989.