Family, Friends Hold Vigil for Firefighter Killed on Duty

Watch Live at 2:30 p.m. PST: A procession of Long Beach firefighters will escort Capt. Dave Rosa's body as he is moved from the LA County Coroner’s Office to McCormick Mortuary in Laguna Woods. 

Friends and family held a candlelight vigil for Capt. Dave Rosa at Fire Station 10, where the late firefighter was assigned, on Monday night.

Rosa was shot and killed after responding to an explosion and fire at a senior home in Long Beach early Monday morning.

"This tragic and senseless loss is a blow to our whole city," said Long Beach City Councilman Dee Andrews, whose Sixth District includes Fire Station 10. "My thoughts and prayers are with Captain Rosa's family and will all the first responders who work hard to protect us every day."

Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia said Rosa was "well-loved in Long Beach amongst his peers but also in the community as well."

Garcia said Rosa and other first responders who entered the building and searched for other possible victims even before Kim was apprehended are "heroes who run towards danger every single day, and today was no exception."

Jake Heflin, a fire department spokesman, said Rosa was a mentor to new firefighters and paramedics.

"That's the kind of person that Dave was," Heflin said.

Gov. Jerry Brown released a statement expressing condolence and sadness over the killing.

"It was with great sadness that Anne and I learned Fire Captain David Rosa passed away today while protecting the residents of a retirement home," Brown said. "Our deepest condolences go out to Captain Rosa's family, friends and the entire Long Beach Fire Department as they mourn his tragic death."

Rosa is survived by his wife, Lynley, and sons Alec, 25, and Samuel, 16.

In his honor, Capitol flags will be flown at half-staff.

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