Phoenix Fire Foundation

Richard A. ‘Ricky’ Telles

1974 - 2019
Fire Fighter, Helmet #2345
Engine 905, Class: 06-04
About Richard A. ‘Ricky’ Telles

Last Alarm: Thursday January 17, 2019
Age: 44 years old
Served for: 12 years (2006-2019)
Cause: Occupational Cancer (LODD IIc)

Fire Fighter Ricky Telles of Engine 905 contracted occupational esophageal cancer from multiple exposures that penetrated personal protective equipment and clothing. Ricky was in treatment and hospice and succumbed to the cancer on January 17, 2019 at home while still active on the job.

Ricky was born November 7, 1974, and is interred at the Greenwood Cemetery, Firefighters area, on the east-facing niches of the Bell Tower, upper right niche. He served Phoenix Fire from 2006 until his death in 2019, and had also served Buckeye Fire
Department as a reserve previous to that.

Ricky is survived by many family members, including his wife and five children.

Greenwood Memory Lawn, 2300 W. Van Buren, Phoenix 85009.
Forest Lawn, Bell Tower, East-facing Niche, Upper Right.