USFA: Missouri On-Duty Death

COVID-19 claims a Kansas City fire captain

United States Fire Administration

The U.S. Fire Administration has announced the official on-duty death of Captain Robert “Bobby” Joseph Rocha, 59, of the kansas City, MO Fire Department on November 21, 2020.

While on-duty, Captain Robert “Bobby” Rocha contracted COVID-19 from a patient with a known case of COVID-19. He was hospitalized on November 12, 2020 and passed away from the virus on November 21, 2020.

Tribute is being paid to Captain Rocha at

To date, 79 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2020. Year-to-date and annual USFA firefighter fatality reports are posted online at

Fatality status is provisional and may change as USFA contacts State Fire Marshals to verify fatality incident information.

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