KANSAS CITY, Mo. (WDAF)— The Greater Kansas City Firefighters reported Saturday morning that a Kansas City Fire Department captain died in the line of duty from COVID-19. IAFF 42 says that Robert “Bobby” Rocha passed away from the virus.
Captain Rocha was 60 years old and served KCFD for 29 years.
In a Facebook post the union says that Rocha fought valiantly against the virus and was an inspiration to many. It will provide support to his family and give information on memorial services as those details are finalized.
Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas made this statement on Twitter:
Mayor Lucas’ statement goes on to say that Captain Rocha had battled the virus for weeks.
Acting City Manager Earnest Rouse provided this statement:
“Our sympathies are with the Rocha family and we thank Captain Rocha for his decades of service to our city,” said Acting City Manager Earnest Rouse. “COVID is affecting our family of city employees, and this loss is a terrible reminder that we all need to help stop the spread.”
KCFD lost an emergency worker to COVID-19 earlier this year in April. Emergency medical technician Billy Birmingham died from complications from the virus. Birmingham had served the department for 22 years.