Obituary: LBFD Engineer Darren Rockett Also Helped to Rescue At-Risk Youth
2011-11-10 · By Editor
It is with great sadness that the Long Beach Fire Department (LBFD) announces the death of active duty Fire Engineer Darren Rockett. Engineer Rockett was born November 10, 1963. He graduated from Van Nuys High School in 1981 and attended Santa Ana College where he studied Fire Technology. He married his wife Jeanne on July 27th, 1989 and together they have been raising their family in Long Beach since 1992.
Engineer Rockett, a 14 year veteran of the LBFD was appointed to the department on September 22, 1997. He served as a Firefighter at Station 10 and 11, promoted to Fire Engineer on June 6th, 2002 and then served at Fire Stations 11-C and 18-C. At the time of his death, Fire Engineer Darren Rockett was assigned to the Fire Prevention Bureau where his chief responsibility was a life safety inspector for all high-rise buildings in the City of Long Beach. During his career at the LBFD where Engineer Rockett was recognized for his leadership of the LBFD Rescue Youth Program and he had a positive influence on the lives of dozens of at-risk teenagers.
Engineer Rockett was awarded nine LBFD Commendations, two LBFD Unit Citations, two Los Angeles County Unit Citations, and one Los Angeles County Meritorious Award. He was named LBFD Firefighter of the year in 2005.
Pastor Wayne Chaney Jr. appointed Darren as a Deacon at the Antioch Church of Long Beach. Engineer Rockett had a passion for serving in his Church where he influenced people with his warmth, sincerity, and his love of Jesus.
Engineer Rockett succumbed to a work related injury at Los Alamitos Medical Center on November 6, 2011. His mother Sydney Harston preceded him in death. His wife Jeanne, his daughters Tiffany, Alyse, Sydney, Daryn, and his father Victor Rockett survive him.
Darren Rockett was loved and admired by his fellow Firefighters, family, and friends.
A Memorial Service is scheduled for November 18, 2011 with a location to be determined.