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    Funeral for Denver Firefighter Set for Thursday

    Funeral for Denver Firefighter Set for Thursday News

    Funeral services will be held Thursday for a veteran Denver firefighter who died Sunday, one week after collapsing and becoming entangled in furniture in a house fire.

    Lt. Richard Montoya, 61, died at 9:55 a.m. Sunday at Denver Health Medical Center where he had been in a drug-induced coma.

    The 30-year veteran was about 15 shifts shy of retiring. When he was found under debris on the second-floor, his face piece had been knocked off which allowed him to breathe the hot gases. Reports indicated he went into a bedroom instead of down a flight of stairs that would have led him to safety.

    He was carried from the building in cardiac arrest. Although his pulse was restored en route to the hospital by Denver paramedics, he never regained consciousness. Throughout his hospitalization, fellow firefighters have been at his side.

    Funeral Information:

    Funeral services for Lt. Richard Montoya have been set for 11 a.m. Thursday, May 25 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Denver.

    Interment will be at Fort Logan National Cemetery. Following the burial service, a reception will be held at the Colorado Convention Center, beginning about 3:30 p.m.

    Departments planning to attend may call 720-865-3865 for information.

    The visitation and Rosary are not open to the public, a department spokesperson said.

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    Montoya, Richard

    Age: 61
    Cause of Death: Caught or Trapped
    Rank: Lieutenant
    Nature of Death: Asphyxiation
    Classification: Career
    Emergency Duty: Yes

    Incident Date: 05/14/2006
    Duty Type: On-Scene Fire
    Incident Time: 04:30
    Activity Type: Search and Rescue
    Death Date: 05/21/2006
    Fixed Prop. Use: Residential

    Fire Dept. Info:
    Denver Fire Department
    745 W. Colfax Ave.
    Denver , Colorado 80204
    Chief: Larry Trujillo

    Initial Summary:
    Lt. Montoya was critically injured while fighting a fire on the 2nd floor of a two story house on 05/14/2006. The fire started around 4:30 a.m. There were four people in the home at the time of the fire. Three of them got out safely. A 16-year-old was rescued by firefighters. It was following this rescue that Lt. Montoya ran into trouble. Preliminary reports indicate that he backed into a room accidentally instead of exiting the home and became trapped in heavy smoke and heat conditions. Lt. Montoya suffered smoke inhalation and went into cardiac arrest. He was rescued by other firefighters who were alerted by his PASS device. Lt. Montoya was transported to the hospital and spent a week in a drug-induced coma on a ventilator. He was taken off life support and passed away at 0955hrs, 05/21/2006. Montoya was just 2 months away from retirement.

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