Fitness event raises money for police officer killed in traffic collision and firefighters hurt in LA blaze

Dozens of community members and public safety personnel came out early Thursday at Horny Corner in Long Beach to do burpees and lunges to raise funds for the family of a Long Beach police officer recently killed in a traffic collision and Los Angeles firefighters affected by a massive blaze near Skid Row.

The fundraiser fell on the two-year anniversary of the death of Long Beach Fire Dept. Captain David Rosa, who was fatally shot on June 25, 2018, after responding to a call of a fire at a Downtown senior living complex.

It was organized by Nick Marantz, an engineer with LBFD who also owns a fitness studio in Belmont Heights. On the morning of Rosa’s death, Marantz drove the ambulance that took Rosa to St. Mary Medical Center.

Groups of participants on Thursday completed six burpees, a 25-meter swim and 18 forward lunges—Rosa was killed on 6/25/18—as many times as possible.

Funds from donations and T-shirt sales will be donated to the family of Anton Fisher, an LBPD officer who was killed June 4 in Downtown while riding a motorcycle on his way to work.

The fire near Skid Row in Los Angeles engulfed 11 firefighters while they were were battling a commercial building fire on May 16, sending all of them to the hospital with burn injuries.

Lynley Rosa, right, wife of LBFD Fire Capt. David Rosa, does lunges as part of a fundraiser Thursday, June 25, 2020, near Horny Corner for a police officer killed this year and firefighters hurt in a Los Angeles fire. Photo by Adam Taylor, courtesy of LBFD.

Participants do lunges as part of a fundraiser Thursday, June 25, 2020, near Horny Corner for a police officer killed this year and firefighters hurt in a Los Angeles fire. Photo by Adam Taylor, courtesy of LBFD.

A fundraiser in honor of Capt. David Rosa on Thursday, June 25, 2020, near Horny Corner, benefited a police officer killed this year and firefighters hurt in a Los Angeles fire. Photo by Adam Taylor, courtesy of LBFD.

Participants run as part of a fundraiser Thursday, June 25, 2020, near Horny Corner for a police officer killed this year and firefighters hurt in a Los Angeles fire. Photo by Adam Taylor, courtesy of LBFD.

A swimmer dives into the bay as part of a fundraiser Thursday, June 25, 2020, near Horny Corner for a police officer killed this year and firefighters hurt in a Los Angeles fire. Photo by Adam Taylor, courtesy of LBFD.

LBFD engineer Nick Marantz speaks to the crowd during a fundraiser Thursday, June 25, 2020, near Horny Corner for a police officer killed this year and firefighters hurt in a Los Angeles fire. Photo by Adam Taylor, courtesy of LBFD.

 

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