City flags flew at half-staff Oct. 17 to note the death of Park Ranger Capt. Albert Torres, Rec and Parks, Club Member, who died Oct. 12. He collapsed Oct. 11 at Park Ranger headquarters after patrolling City parks in the San Fernando Valley impacted by the Saddle Ridge fire, and died the next morning of a heart attack.
Capt. Torres, a Club Member, had worked for the City for more than 40 years. He had been on the cover of Alive! and in several stories over the years, telling our readers about fire devastation in Griffith Park and detailing the efforts made by Rec and Parks to help heal the land.
He had also helped create the Citywide unit that focuses on homeless outreach and cleanup.
He was a husband, father and grandfather and is survived by his wife, Cheryl; his daughter, Elizabeth; and son, Brian.
“It has been an honor to share a few memorable moments with Capt. Torres over the years,” recalled Club COO Robert Larios. “He was always a first-class professional, an Ambassador of the City of Los Angeles, and the ultimate gentleman. There is no doubt in my mind that his positive impact to Los Angeles will live on.”
Notice of Albert’s death on the Club’s social media drew
immediate and sad reactions:
“Rest in Paradise, Sir.”
— RCH Police Academy
“A lovely and kind soul. Thank you for everything, Capt. Torres. We will miss you.”
— Betty Hill SC
“My condolences to his family. RIP Captain.”
— Les Fleming
“He was a great guy. RIP Albert.”
“RIP, prayers and positive healing energy for the family.”
— Jeannine Bourbon
“I knew Albert more than 30 years. So sorry to hear this.”
— Glenn Innocenti
“Albert was super-nice. I worked with him for two years when I was first hired by the City. RIP Capt. Torres.”
— Lynetta Johnson
“Condolences to (his) family. RIP Capt. Torres. To God be the Glory.”
— Julia Crowder
“Rest in paradise.”
— Delia Aguilar
“Aww, Albert was a super-nice guy. I enjoyed working with him.”
— Carmen Steward
— Lolita Bawica Agravia
— Mike Reeder
— Maria Gina Tuazon
The Club sends its deepest condolences to the friends, family and coworkers of Albert. May he rest in peace.