The Long Beach Fire Department (LBFD) is saddened to announce the death of Firefighter Gavin Escobar, who died in an off-duty accident that occurred on Wednesday, September 28, 2022, in Idyllwild, CA.
Hired with the Long Beach Fire Department on February 5, 2022, Firefighter Escobar was assigned to Fire Station 3 on B-shift.
A recent graduate of our Fire Academy, Class 2022A, the Training Captains who oversaw his performance described him as an observer and learner. He watched everything closely to perfect his trade.
Firefighter Escobar was well-mannered, soft spoken, and very polite. He possessed a high degree of situational awareness throughout his experience as a recruit firefighter that followed him into the fire station. He was a natural leader who led by example. His classmates looked to Gavin for guidance, answers, and insight based on his life experiences. Gavin was steady, calm, and consistent under pressure where he possessed a quiet sense of humility especially considering his personal accomplishments as a professional football player.
Gavin Escobar knew the importance of teamwork. He led by example and was always there to help and assist others. He was genuine and connected easily with those around him. Fellow classmates from Gavin’s academy stated, Gavin was a great friend to all, a good teammate, and somebody you could always count on for encouragement and support.
Firefighter Gavin Escobar worked hard. He was dedicated to learning his trade and possessed the positive attributes that made him a good student, a positive role model, and a person that others wanted to be around. Gavin loved being a firefighter. He found it exciting and fulfilling. He was passionate about the job, and it showed in everything he did.
Gavin Escobar’s legacy is his family. He was a devoted husband and father. He spoke frequently of his family and the life and joy he shared with them. Gavin leaves behind his wife Sarah and their 2 young daughters.
Gavin will be missed by his peers. We stand ready to support Sarah, his children, and his family as they mourn this loss.
Firefighter Gavin Escobar has left a lasting impression on those that had the fortunate opportunity to work with him during his time with the Long Beach Fire Department. He will be remembered and honored in a way that is in alignment with the core values that he dedicated himself to throughout his life.
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