Los Angeles County has lost a local legend as it was announced that Retired LA County Deputy Fire Chief Robert Lee has passed away at 77 years old. 

Lee served the County of Los Angeles for 37 years, the last 31 years as a professional firefighter with the Los Angeles County Fire Department.  Chief Lee was promoted through the Los Angeles County Fire Department as a firefighter paramedic, firefighter specialist, captain, battalion chief, assistant fire chief, and deputy fire chief.

Lee was the first African-American to become a Fire Chief in LA County Fire Department history in 1984. 

Lee is survived by his wife Diana Lee, whom he was married to for 52 years; They raised five children together, Detra, Denise, Eric, Demetria, and Antonio, and have several grandchildren and one great-grandson.

The Funeral will be held on July 8, at 9 a.m. at Rose Hills Memorial Park, Skyrose Chapel, 3888 Workman Mill Rd, Whittier, CA 90601. 

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