Long Beach’s firefighter training center was renamed the Long Beach Fire Department Captain David Rosa Regional Training Center Tuesday, marking the first anniversary of his fatal shooting while responding to a reported explosion at a senior living facility.

Rosa, 45, was shot when he and other firefighters went to the Covenant Manor, an 11-story building in the 600 block of East Fourth Street about 4 a.m. June 25, 2018. He died at a hospital.

At the ceremony, LBFD Chief Xavier Espino thanked the more than 200 attendees for the past year of love following Rosa’s murder which has culminated into the dedication of the training center.

“Losing a firefighter, someone who is a part of our public safety family, is one of the most tragic and devastating things that can happen to a city and a community.” Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia said.

Garcia said naming the training facility after Rosa is a fitting honor for the firefighter who spent the last three years of his career training new firefighters at that same facility.

Rosa was a 17-year veteran of the Long Beach Fire Department. His last assignment was at Fire Station 10 in central Long Beach. Before that, he served as a training captain.

The suspect in the killing, Thomas Man Kim, 77, a resident of the building, died Aug. 5 from a pre-existing medical condition while housed in the jail ward at County-USC Medical Center.

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