Obituary: LBFD Engineer Darren Rockett Also Helped to Rescue At-Risk Youth

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A Memorial Service for LBFD fireman Darren Rockett is scheduled for November 18, 2011 with a location to be determined.

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.


2 Responses to “Obituary: LBFD Engineer Darren Rockett Also Helped to Rescue At-Risk Youth”
  1. Brenda Francis says:

    I did not know Engineer Rockett, however, I do know his brother LaVon Rockett and his mother. I read some place that he loved to discuss spiritual things, and with that said, I’m willing to believe that someday he will be seen walking around on the streets of the Beautiful City of Heaven! Our Thoughts and Prayers are with his entire family…

  2. terrance love says:

    Darren was one of the best persons you would ever meet,allways happy.out of all the years i’ve kwown Darren i’ve never seen him sad. very good guy.god bless his family.i will miss you Darren.