Fallen CFD diver remembered for living his life in service

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CHICAGO -- Funeral services were held Monday for veteran Chicago Fire Department Diver Juan Bucio.

The father of two  died on Memorial Day while trying to rescue an overboard boater in the South Branch of the Chicago River near Ashland Ave.

His casket arrived atop Fire Engine No. 13 outside the chapel at St. Rita High School on the South Side around noon on Monday.

Rev. Gary Graf  told Bucio's young sons that their father lived his life in service and was willing to risk his life for others.

Hundreds of firefighters and other mourners attended the service. They stood and applauded after the Rev.  Graf called up Bucio's 9- and 7-year-old sons, and told them that everyone present were their family.

After the service, Bucio received a  full honors burial at Mount Auburn Cemetery in Stickney.

Hundreds of police officers and firefighters from many departments were on hand to salute their fallen comrade.

Bucio was 46 and a 15-year fire department veteran. He had also served in the Chicago Police Department for several years.

The exact cause of death is still unknown.

Fire and police investigators continue to review the rescue attempt to learn what happened.

Autopsy results are still pending.

After the funeral, a full honors burial will be held at Mount Auburn Cemetery in Stickney.

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