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Remembering Capt. David Rosa

Release Date: 2018-06-26

Long Beach lost a hero yesterday. The entire City and Fire Department family continues to mourn the loss of Captain David Rosa, a 17 year veteran of the Long Beach Fire Department who was killed in the line of duty. Captain Rosa’s body was escorted to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office with full honors. Firefighters and community members from our city and throughout the region turned out to show their support.

Captain Rosa most recently served at Fire Station 10, where he was an important member of the community who was respected and loved for his dedication. Capt. Rosa is survived by his wife and two sons and they are in our hearts and prayers during this difficult time. Our prayers and our love are also with those who have been injured and affected by yesterday's tragedy.

A second firefighter, Ernesto Torres, was injured, but fortunately he was treated and released from St. Mary Medical Center yesterday. We also are keeping the third shooting victim, who continues to receive treatment in the hospital, in our prayers.

I know Long Beach is feeling heartbroken at this time. As we move forward together to mourn the loss of Capt. Rosa and honor his memory in the coming days, we will be united in both our grief and our appreciation for his service.

I want to personally thank every one of our Firefighters and Police Officers who rush towards danger and work to keep us safe every day and who continue to do their work across the city in the midst of this tragic loss. I also want to thank the members of our Departments of Health and Human Services and Parks, Recreation and Marine, who partnered with the Red Cross to help the displaced seniors return home.

I hope you all will join me in mourning the loss of Capt. Rosa and thanking our employees for their service. I will share more details on the memorial service and how to honor Capt. Rosa in coming days as the family and our Fire Department determine how they wish to proceed.