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Long Beach Fire Captain Dave Rosa, 45, was shot and killed on June 25th while responding to a fire alarm and reports of an explosion at Covenant Manor Retirement Home at around 3:49 a.m.

Upon arrival at the multi-story building, firefighters discovered windows were blown out and a sprinkler was activated. They extinguished the fire in about 10 minutes and continued searching for victims.

Rosa and another firefighter were shot around 4:08 a.m. by a 77-year old resident of the home who had set off the explosion and said he felt ‘scared.’ Rosa was pronounced deceased at St. Mary Medical Center. The second firefighter was treated and released.

Rosa was a 17 year veteran with the Long Beach Fire Department and leaves behind his wife Lynley and two sons, Alec and Samuel.


David Robert Rosa was born on December 27, 1972 at Torrance Memorial Hospital to Paul and Jean Rosa. Dave was their first born child followed by his sister, Julia. The family has lived in Long Beach since 1981. Dave attended Los Cerritos Elementary School, Hughes Middle School, and Brethren Christian High School where he graduated in 1991. While in junior high, he was a Long Beach junior lifeguard, completed the STUD Ironman and played water polo. During his high school years Dave played varsity football and baseball, where he started as a catcher. Dave’s first job was landscaping with his grandfather, Jess. At sixteen years old, Dave was accepted into the Los Angeles County Fire Explorers program and was an active member until he was eighteen.

Dave worked as an Emergency Medical Technician for 4 years before earning his paramedic license at Daniel Freeman in 1995. He served as a Paramedic for a private ambulance company until he was hired by the Long Beach Fire Department. On March 5, 2001, Dave began his career as a Firefighter for the City of Long Beach. He served as a firefighter and a paramedic assigned to various stations throughout Long Beach spending multiple years at Fire Station 11 in north Long Beach. Dave promoted to the rank of Fire Captain on December 3, 2011. His last assignment was at Fire Station 10 located in central Long Beach. Prior to his assignment at Fire Station 10, he 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. Dave received numerous commendations during his 17-year career with the Department.

He was a dedicated family man and an outstanding role model for his boys, Alec, 26 and Sam, 15. Dave thought the world of his two boys. Spending time with them was his top priority.
Dave was married to his wife Lynley on June 5, 1999 and was a devoted father to her 7-year-old son Alec. On July 14, 2002, Dave and Lynley welcomed the birth of their son Samuel David Rosa. Dave was a committed father and looked for every opportunity to teach his boys valuable life skills and to love life.

Dave shared the past 19 years of his life with his wife Lynley, whom he adored and affectionately called “mama”, “honey”, or “boss,” depending on the conversation. They shared a passion for each other, love, and devotion to their children and a strong faith that impacted all of their relationships. They loved traveling together, hanging out with friends, spending time with extended family, eating good food, ice cream, and any type of cake, which was Dave’s favorite.

Dave Rosa lived his life with the utmost integrity and character. Christ was first in his life and this was apparent by the way he loved those around him. It didn’t matter if he had just met you or he had known you for a lifetime. He had a heart of gold and served people in every aspect of his life. He loved sports, played football and baseball, and bled Dodger blue. Dave loved baseball and his love for the game brought the community of San Juan Capistrano together. He coached little league, served as an umpire, and eventually became President of the San Juan Capistrano Little League.

Dave’s life story was full of adventures. He was an ocean guard, junior lifeguard instructor, paramedic and firefighter. Dave’s family is large and he loved them with all of his heart. He looked forward to all the experiences that came with such an active and fun-loving bunch! Yosemite trips, the annual Rosa picnic, Christmas Eve traditions, fishing, camping, traveling, and meals together were filled with his gift of storytelling where laughter was not far behind and usually at his expense. If you knew Dave, you know he had a huge soft spot for dogs and Springer Spaniel Molly was his princess. She couldn’t wait to get on his lap and lay her head on his shoulder.

Dave Rosa leaves behind his wife Lynley, his two sons Alec Andrzej Rosa and Samuel David Rosa, his parents Paul and Jean Rosa, his sister Julia Hensley, and of course, his dog, Molly.