Captain Albert E. Torres

Captain Albert E. Torres

Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, California

End of Watch Saturday, October 12, 2019

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Albert E. Torres

Captain Albert Torres suffered a fatal heart attack while patrolling areas affected by the Saddleridge Fire, a wildfire covering over 8,000 acres that destroyed more than 20 homes and prompted mandatory evacuations of 100,000 residents in the area.

He had completed a 14-hour shift of patrolling parks and remote areas in the evacuation zone in the San Fernando Valley. He reported back to the command center at Hansen Dam before returning to park headquarters in Griffith Park. He collapsed after telling other rangers he did not feel well. He was transported to a local hospital where he died the following morning.

Captain Torres had served with the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks for 40 years.

He is survived by his wife, daughter, and son.

Bio

  • Age 67
  • Tour 40 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack
  • Incident Date Friday, October 11, 2019

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I’m deeply saddened , ashamed to find this out from the internet.

I knew Torres ( attended reserve academy with him at Rio Hondo Police Academy) and didn’t know or hear about his passing until going on line for information for a friend interested in the City of LA Park Ranger job.

I knew quite a few Rangers, some who have moved on to LAPD and other police depts ; their work was and still is vital to the Los Angeles community.

I also know that despite politics , the men and women who serve as Peace Officer Park Rangers like Albert NEVER stopped doing their jobs or backed away from deterring criminals in the parks, putting out brush fires, searching for lost hikers and kids, and teaching the community that we have something wonderful in nature to enjoy in our many urban city parks

God bless Albert and his family and our L.E Park Rangers...

Detective Mike Gentry
Los Angeles Airport PD

February 11, 2020

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