Funeral held for KCFD captain Robert 'Bobby' Rocha, who died from COVID-19

Posted at 6:58 AM, Nov 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-30 12:31:41-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Members of the Kansas City, Missouri, Fire Department said goodbye to a leader, a motorcycle enthusiast and a 29-year veteran with the department Monday during the funeral for Capt. Robert “Bobby” Rocha.

The department said Rocha died from COVID-19 he contracted while on the job.

His funeral Monday is closed to the public.

Following the funeral, the fire department will lead a procession from the McGilley Antioch Chapel past Rocha’s assigned firehouse - Station 18 - and ending at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Raytown, Missouri.

Rocha, 59, was a father of three with two grandchildren. Sunday, the Rocha family hosted a drive-through visitation.

The department considers his death a line-of-duty death.

Rocha is one of three KCFD personnel who has died from COVID-19. EMT Billy Birmingham died in April and communications Specialist Scott Davidson died the day after Rocha. His funeral was in Wichita, Kansas, Saturday.

People who knew Rocha said he was everyone’s friend. He loved music, motorcycles and being a role model for other firefighters.