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Remembering Detective Tommy De La Rosa

Remembering Detective Tommy De La Rosa

Today, members of the Fullerton Police Department would like to take a moment to remember the life and legacy of Detective Tommy De La Rosa.

Detective De La Rosa died on June 21, 1990 after being shot five times when he was ambushed while posing as a narcotics trafficker. De La Rosa returned fire, killing one of the suspects. Three other suspects remain behind bars serving life sentences.

Prior to serving the Fullerton community, Detective De La Rosa, served two combat tou...rs in Vietnam and was a Purple Heart recipient. He was one of 164 cops killed in the line of duty nationwide in 1990.
“The impact he made in our lives is what truly matters,” Chief Hughes said