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Capt. Rosa Training Center

Release Date: 2019-06-26

The City of Long Beach commemorated one of our community’s bravest, Fire Captain David Rosa, by naming our Fire Department’s Regional Training Center in his honor.  We did this today, the one-year anniversary of the day Captain Rosa, a 17 year LBFD veteran, was shot and killed while responding to an explosion and fire downtown.

Losing a firefighter, someone who is part of our public safety family, is one of the most tragic and devastating things that can happen to a city and a community. It was a priority for Long Beach and our local officials to keep Captain Rosa’s memory alive. Naming our fire training facility the Long Beach Fire Department Captain David Rosa Regional Training Center is a fitting honor for a man who gave his life serving and protecting the community he loved and is especially fitting because Captain Rosa spent his final three years on the force training new firefighters at this very facility.

More than 200 firefighters, police officers, elected officials and community members attended today’s naming ceremony, demonstrating not only how loved, admired and respected Captain Rosa was, but also how this community comes together in times of difficulty and sorrow.

We are all grieving with Captain Rosa’s family today. But we are also remembering one of our city’s heroes and feeling pride in his service and sacrifice. My thanks to Captain Rosa’s family, to all who attended today, and to all the men and women of the Long Beach Fire Department who risk their lives to keep our community safe every day.

I look forward to seeing the first graduating class of firefighters from the newly named Long Beach Fire Department Captain David Rosa Regional Training Center.