Rosary held for retired Las Vegas firefighter killed in I-25 crash

“Firefighters across the country are all brothers in arms in Las Vegas, they are our neighbors in Santa Fe, so we always want to be there for them,” said Santa Fe Fire Department Deputy Chief, Sten Johnson.

Lots of tears and hugs were shared on Friday night, for a man who everyone believed was the definition of a public servant.

“He was a real leader, he was going around with the guys and doing stuff without saying ‘go do this’. I can’t think of a better definition of a firefighter, and I’m honored to wear the same badge as him. he was wearing,” said acting Las Vegas department chief Steven Speann.

“You know, Frank has always been a key person in the community since he was a first responder for a long time, so we had a lot of respect for him,” Albert Gallegos said.

Last week, Lovato was near Santa Fe running errands when he got into the horrific crash caused by someone leading police on a high-speed chase.

“And then later finding out that this lady really wasn’t kidnapped. She had fabricated the whole thing. It’s horrible,” Gallegos said.

If they remember Lovato, a beloved firefighter for more than 20 years in Las Vegas, they also hope for justice.

“Personally, I hope she gets what she’s been waiting for. Justice for Frank and the policeman who was killed because it wasn’t necessary,” Gallegos said.

His public funeral will be held Saturday at 9 a.m. at the same church.

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