The nearly 8,000-acre Saddleridge Fire that has damaged or destroyed 40 buildings in the San Fernando Valley indirectly claimed another victim in veteran Los Angeles Park Ranger Capt. Alberto Torres, who suffered a massive fatal heart attack after patrolling the parks impacted by the fire, authorities said Sunday.
LA City Attorney Mike Feuer paid tribute to Torres on Twitter.
"All of us send out love and support to the family and many friends of Capt. Albert Torres of the L.A. Park Rangers," Feuer wrote. "He was incredibly dedicated to our parks and a wonderful partner to many on our staff. He was always upbeat and always ready to roll up his sleeves and help."
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Torres worked for the Park Rangers for 40 years. He also reportedly helped create the citywide unit that focuses on homeless outreach and cleanup.