National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

Roll of Honor

Age: 59
Year of Death: 2020

Robert J. Rocha

Captain Robert “Bobby” Rocha will long be remembered by those who knew him. May his example raise the bar on how we treat others and life.

His career included time working for various manufacturing facilities and driving for Yellow Freight before he was accepted by the Kansas City (Missouri) Fire Department as a cadet. He was among the first who also had to qualify as an emergency medical technician. He soon grew to love his job, both because of the excitement of fighting fires, and because of his great compassion for those in need. His outlook and perspective on life were profoundly altered as he entered the world of first responders. His career path took him to the position of captain on May 5, 2013.

Achievements can be categorized and dated. However, it would be shortsighted and negligent to create such a list. Captain Rocha, Bobby Rocha, impacted lives on and off duty. He would visit patients he took to the hospital because of his love of people, true love. He was a great friend and had literally thousands of friends across the country. His friends would sacrifice themselves for Bobby because they knew, they know, that he would do the same. No cost was too great.

Captain Rocha’s hobbies were a big part of his life. He began riding motorcycles at about 12 years old. It began a life of hundreds of thousands of miles on two wheels. Many friends were made because of his two-wheeled life. Another of his great loves was music. He would sing, loved to sing the songs he loved at karaoke, and was one of the best. He sang as he lived, from his heart and soul.

Robert believed the words of the gospel of John, chapter 15, verse 13:
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

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  1. Bob was my cousin and he was so generous with his time, when we would visit. If he couldn’t get off he would invite us to the Fire Station to visit. Loved his laugh and stories. We miss him so much. KC is not the same without a visit with Bob! Rest in peace my dear cousin. ❤️

    – Susan Miller
  2. I am so sorry to hear about Bob Rocha. My heart, thoughts and prayers go out to his family & friends.
    I am a friend of Bob’s and his family. In the 90’s I played tennis behind the fire station with him and some of his friends. The first night I meet him he told me that he knew my dad (he was his insurance agent) and also my mom & brother. What a small world!
    Bob was always cheerful, bubbly and a smile on his face! What a wonderful person!
    I know he is missed. Rest in Peace!