Long Beach
Fire Department

Fire Headquarters
3205 Lakewood Boulevard
Long Beach, CA 90808
(562) 570-2500
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 06282018A
Memorial Services set for Long Beach Fire Captain Dave Rosa
Jake Heflin
Long Beach Fire Department

The Long Beach Fire Department (LBFD) was saddened to announce the line of duty death of Fire Captain David Rosa.  Captain Rosa leaves behind his wife Lynley, his two sons, Alec, 26 years old, and Sam, 15 years old, his parents, Paul and Jean Rosa, and his sister, Julia Hensley.

During the early morning hours of June 25, 2018, Fire Captain Rosa, 45, sustained a fatal gunshot wound as he assisted residents at a fire that occurred at a senior living residential high rise building located at 600 East Ocean Boulevard in Long Beach, California.  Fellow firefighters and paramedics rendered immediate medical attention and transported him in critical condition to St. Mary Medical Center.

Despite the heroic efforts of doctors and nurses at the hospital, Fire Captain David Rosa succumbed to his injuries shortly after his arrival at the Trauma Center.

Memorial Services for Long Beach Fire Captain David Rosa have been set for Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at 10:00 A.M. in the arena located at the Long Beach Convention Center.  The convention center is located at 300 East Ocean Boulevard in Long Beach, California.  The memorial services will be open to the public and will be followed immediately by a public reception in Captain Rosa’s honor that will take place in the same venue.

Fire Captain David Rosa was a 17-year veteran of the Long Beach Fire Department.  His last assignment was at Fire Station 10 located in Central Long Beach. Prior to this, Captain Rosa also spent time as a Training Captain. During that time, he was responsible for teaching new firefighters in the recruit academy and delivering training to all firefighters as they rotated through the training center. Prior to promoting 7 years ago, Captain Rosa served as a firefighter and a paramedic assigned to various stations throughout Long Beach to include several years at Fire Station 11 in North Long Beach.

Captain David Rosa was a well-respected fire officer. He served as a mentor for many young adults, paramedics, and firefighters.  He was dedicated to his faith, his family, and to his profession. Captain Rosa’s tragic death has left us deeply grieved and saddened.  This loss is profound and has been felt by all members of his fire family and the community he served with dedication and distinction.

Our hearts, prayers, and condolences go out to his family and friends.

For those that wish to make donations to support the family of Fire Captain David Rosa and/or the Long Beach Fire Department Widow’s Mite fund, please visit:  www.FireCaptainRosa.org

Fire personnel are asked to attend in their Class A uniforms.  All incoming fire department resources, dignitaries, honor guards, and pipes and drums are asked to confirm their attendance by visiting the following website:  www.lbfdmemorial.org  This site will be active as of 5:00 PM today.

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