LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Amid the devastation left behind by the Saddle Ridge fire, Los Angeles Park Rangers are mourning the loss of one of their own, Captain Alberto Torres.
Torres collapsed Friday afternoon at Park Ranger headquarters after patrolling San Fernando Valley city parks impacted by the Saddle Ridge fire. He died the next morning of a massive heart attack.READ MORE: LAPD Officer Accused Of Inappropriately Touching Deceased Woman's Body To Stand Trial On Felony Charge
LA City Attorney Mike Feuer paid tribute to the veteran Park Ranger, praising his decades of service to the citizen of Los Angeles: “He has left an everlasting impact on many. He has provided safety to the public, sharing his vast knowledge on plants and wildlife and his constant willingness to offer mentorship and counseling.”
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All of us send our love and support to the family and many friends of Capt. Albert Torres of the LA Park Rangers. He was incredibly dedicated to our parks and a wonderful partner to many on our staff. He was always upbeat and always willing to roll up hi… https://t.co/uPGjn4T0HV pic.twitter.com/HZYsiI27XJ
— LA City Attorney (@CityAttorneyLA) October 13, 2019
Torres had worked virtually every position at the park rangers department in his 40 years of service and helped create the city wide unit that focuses on the homeless outreach and cleanup.
LA City Councilwoman Nury Martinez called Torres “the epitome of what it means to be a public servant” and said he “went above and beyond the call of duty to ensure our parks and open spaces are safe and accessible to the people of Los Angeles. Even last night he was working on the fires, doing what he loved and keeping us all safe. We miss him already. My heart goes out to his family, loved ones, and fellow park rangers.”
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This morning our community suffered an enormous loss. For the people of Los Angeles, Capt. Albert Torres was more than a Park Ranger, he was the epitome of what it means to be a public servant. Park Ranger Albert Torres went above and beyond the call of duty to ensure our parks and open spaces are safe and accessible to the people of Los Angeles. Even last night he was working on the fires, doing what he loved and keeping us all safe. We miss him already. My heart goes out to his family, loved ones, and fellow park rangers. @lacityparks @laparkrangers_
Park Ranger Chief Joe Losorelli says he can’t say for certain, but doesn’t believe Torres had a history of heart issues and if he did, the fire most likely didn’t help.