CHICAGO — Family members and fellow firefighters marked the anniversary of Firefighter Juan Bucio's death during a memorial dedication at Canalport River Park Tuesday morning.
After ringing a bell a single time, Bucio's name was read aloud. His brother Isaac Bucio, also a Chicago firefighter, and his sister Maria Bucio, herself a Chicago Police Officer, tossed a wreath of red and white flowers onto the river. Family members and friends also tossed flowers into the water.
Bucio joined the Fire Department in 2004 and became a member of the dive team in 2007. After jumping into the Chicago River during a search and rescue effort last year, Bucio became distressed and sank into the water. An autopsy later ruled his death was an accident caused by a rare heart condition and depletion of his air tank.
”His spirit always and forever will have a place in our hearts,” said CFD Commissioner Richard C. Ford II.
After the memorial, the Chicago Fire Department unveiled a scuba dog sculpture with Bucio's name on it. The statue is of a dog wearing a scuba mask, tank, and fins, with Bucio's name on the wet suit, and his number on the badge.