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More than 100 pay respects to KCFD captain who died from COVID-19

Capt. Robert "Bobby" Rocha died Nov. 21
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Posted at 3:53 PM, Nov 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-29 16:53:58-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — More than 100 cars lined Northeast Vivion Road on Sunday as friends and family paid respects to a Kansas City, Missouri, fire captain who died after contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty.

Capt. Robert “Bobby” Rocha, 59, died Nov. 21 and had been battling the virus for several weeks. He was a 29-year veteran of the KCFD.

Rick Daubenspeck, a friend of Rocha’s, attended the visitation at McGilley Funeral Home and said Rocha was everybody’s friend and there is “nobody else like him.”

“The guy had the biggest heart in the world,” Daubenspeck said. “He protected, saved people. Bobby was the best. It’s a sad day for all of us.”

The funeral service will be held at 10:10 a.m. Monday, also at McGilley Funeral Home. It will be closed to the public, but will be streamed on the funeral home’s Facebook page.

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