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Robert “Bobby” Joseph Rocha


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.

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

Department information

Kansas City, MO Fire Department
Century Towers
635 Woodland Avenue, STE 2100
Kansas City, Missouri 64106

Chief: Donna Lake

Age: 59
Rank: Captain
Classification: Career
Incident date: October 23, 2020 07:00
Date of death: November 21, 2020
Cause of death: Exposure
Nature of death: Covid-19
Activity type: EMS/Patient Care
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Non-Fire
Fixed property use: Residential

Last updated: March 03, 2021

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