PASADENA (CBS) — A 32-year Pasadena Fire Department veteran who was looking toward retirement died Tueday of an apparent heart attack.

Kevin Moore, 53, went into cardiac arrest while at a gym in Upland, shortly after finishing a 24-hour shift, said Lisa Derderian of the Pasadena Fire Department.

Moore came from a firefighting family. His father, Tom, was once the Pasadena department’s assistant chief, and two of his brothers work for the Vernon Fire Department.

Moore, who held the title of engineer, was responsible for maintaining and driving fire apparatus, Derderian said. He also operated the fire engine pump and fire truck aerial ladder during fire and rescue situations.

He was a member of the Regional Task Force Urban Search and Rescue Team and had worked out of Station 32 on Villa Street, just west of Altadena Drive, for more than 10 years.

“Kevin was known as a gentle giant; he sported a large stature and had a sincere, gentle demeanor,” said Pasadena fire Chief Dennis J. Downs. “We just returned from an annual motorcycle ride where Kevin shared that he was looking forward to retirement and spending time with his kids.”

The Upland resident is survived by his wife Connie, two teenage children, six brothers, one sister and his father.

Flags will be flown at half-staff in front of all seven Pasadena fire stations until Moore is buried. Funeral arrangements were pending.

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Comments (9)
  1. mister s says:

    Thats too bad, so close to enjoying his retirement. RIP Mr. Moore, your decades of service are much appreciated.

  2. pat says:

    Dorks r us your name says it all..You finally got something right in life…

  3. mike says:

    No, what would make it better is me kicking your a$$ for being punk.

  4. ff626 says:

    Please refrain from innappropriate and disrespectful comments. Kevin is loved and will be dearly missed by many.

  5. armando says:

    Kevin was a 30 year vet who saved many lifes, we don”t hide behind names like dorks or other Anonymous names. He spent his life doing his duty to god and the city of pasadena . His family is hurting we are trying to cope with a loss that is beyond explaination so let us be dork. and remember when something bad happens to you think about this and the people who help you.


  6. MSB says:

    We can only hope that those two never have to suffer as Kevin’s family and friends are now suffering…wouldn’t wish it on anyone, even two individuals as cruel as these two are.

    Kevin was beloved by everyone who knew him. Never had an unkind word to say about anyone and would give you the shirt off his back…he would forgive you both for your cruelty, so in his honor, as a family member, I will forgive you too.

  7. Cheryl :( says:

    I was on the treadmill next to Kevin when this happened, I wish the outcome was different. I can’t stop feeling pain for his family and continue to see him fall flat to his death. I continue to process if all of the fellow workout people around him could have done something else to help this amazing person. I do know we responded immediately when Kevin fell down, I called 911 right when it happened and a nurse was there too and began CPR. I pray for his family and I’m in sorrow he didn’t get to spend his retirement as he had planned but I do know he is in heaven with the Lord doing his amazing duties and sprinkling heaven with his tremendous efforts! GOD BLESS this family and all his friends/fellow fire personnel. My heart aches for your loss. RIP Kevin you will be missed! I wish we could have saved you as you had saved so many lives. Sincerely a stranger who tried to help, I will never forget you!!!

  8. Carissa says:

    I would appreciate it if there would be no unkind and disrespectful comments of my father please. My dad was deeply loved by everyone and it really showed at his funeral yesterday when over 100 fire stations showed up and honored him. My dad was the best guy i knew and an amazing father.

  9. Rick says:

    I had a heart attack the next day, and I too am a 53-year old male. As I was riding in the back of the ambulance to the hospital I recall thinking about the guys helping me out. Calm, professional, caring…it probably describes this man who helped others in their time of need.
    Condolensces to his family. I am sorry for your loss of a good father and kind man.

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