Roll of Honor

Juan Bucio

Juan Bucio

  • Firefighter/EMT
  • Chicago Fire Department
  • Illinois
  • Age: 46
  • Year of Death: 2018

Juan Bucio was born January 25, 1972, to Magdalena and Leodegario Bucio in Mexico. The family came to the United States in search of a better life. Juan quickly learned English from schooling and watching cartoons.

Juan’s service to the people of Chicago began as a pool and beach lifeguard when he was a teenager. His desire to serve his city continued as he became a Chicago Police Officer, entering the Chicago Police Academy in 2000. He served as a patrol officer in the 18th District for three years before accepting an offer of employment from the Chicago Fire Department, where he graduated from the Fire Academy in March of 2004 with his first assignment on Truck 6 downtown.

His work ethic was admired so much, he was asked to join CFD Air-Sea rescue as a diver in 2007. Juan loved that assignment as a natural extension of his love of swimming and diving. He trained and worked hard to become the best rescue diver on CFD, while balancing a family with two young sons, Joshua and Jacob.

Juan was an amazing father. He cherished Jacob and Joshua. Juan was one of the kindest and most selfless of men. He would give the shirt off his back to anyone who needed it, on duty or off.

On Memorial Day, May 28, 2018, Juan went on a call for a person in the Chicago River on the near southside. He jumped from the CFD helicopter to search for the missing person as he had done many times before. Due to no fault of his own, Juan lost his life in the river during that rescue attempt. Juan is survived by his loving sons, Jacob and Joshua, and his eight siblings. He will forever live on in the hearts of those who loved him and will never forget him, as he gave his all to the city and people he loved.

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