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

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

Many tears and hugs were shared on Friday night for a man everyone says is the definition of a civil servant.

“He was a true leader, he would go with the guys and do stuff and not say, ‘Do that.’ I can’t think of a better definition of a firefighter, and I’m honored to wear the same badge as he does,” said Steven Speann, acting chief of the Las Vegas Department.

“You know, Frank has always been a key person in the community as he’s been 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 accident caused by someone who led the police on a high-speed chase.

“And then to find out later that this lady really hadn’t been kidnapped. She invented everything. It’s terrible,” Gallegos said.

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

“Personally, I hope she gets what she deserves. Justice for Frank and the police officer who was killed because it wasn’t necessary,” Gallegos said.

His public funeral service will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday at the same church. Rosary for retired Las Vegas firefighter killed in I-25 crash

Brian Lowry

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