In Memory of CW2 Ronald P. Bucca (Ret)
|Marshal Ronald Bucca was killed
in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks while attempting to rescue
the victims trapped in the World Trade Center. He was off-duty at
the time but responded to the scene as soon as he got word of the attack.
He and another member of the fire department had made it all the way to
the 78th floor of the South Tower, one floor below the point of impact,
before the building collapsed.
He was one of just two fire fighters to reach the fire floor in the South Tower. At the time of his death the two men had begun to put water on the fire in an attempt to allow escape for people on higher floors.. He was the first Fire Marshal to be killed in the line of duty.
Ron Bucca was a fire fighter for 23 years. While with the New York City Fire Department he served with Engine Company 95, Ladder Company 2, the Fitness Unit, Rescue Company One, the Fire Department Terrorist Task Force and in 1992 was promoted to Fire Marshal.
Ron was also 29-year veteran of the military. He served with the 101st Airborne Division as a helicopter door gunner in Vietnam. He later served with the 3413th Military Intelligence Detachment, the 11th Special Forces Group and with the Defense Intelligence Agency. He also served during the first Gulf War.
He was a Licensed Practical Nurse and held an Associate Degree in OSHA and Fire Science from John Jay College and a Bachelor of Science in Public Safety from Mercy College. His hobbies included archaeology, travel, history, and physical fitness. Ron was a man of many accomplishments and interests. He was an avid historian and had lifelong interests in Boy Scouting and woodsmanship.
He leaves behind a wife, son and daughter.
Ronald Bucca Fire Marshal. New York City Fire Department.
Officer Down Memorial Page.
Ronald Bucca, FDNY Fire Marshal. Heroes Online.
News Articles About CW2 Ronald Bucca.
November 23, 2001. "Ronald Bucca: Rescuer and Counselor". The New York Times.
February 11, 2002. "The Flying Fireman Was a Dad First". Newsday.com (inactive link).
August 3, 2002. "Lost Voices of Firefighters, Some on the 78th Floor". Firehouse.com.
September 5, 2002. "Her Heroes". CBS The Early Show.
October 17, 2002. "Legacy of Green Beret, firefighter remembered after attack's anniversary". USASOC News Service.
Summer 2004. "Spc. Bucca visits Camp Bucca, Iraq". Army Reserve Magazine.
March 17, 2006. "Bill would rename Tuckahoe Post Office in Honor of Ronald Bucca". New York 18th Congressional District.
September 6, 2006. "A father lost, a family copes". Daily Press.
Winter 2006. "In the thick of battle: the Ron Bucca story". Firefighters Quarterly.
September 16, 2008. "Green Berets, FDNY honor fallen hero". Sine Pari USASOC.
September 11, 2014. "The Flying New York Fireman Who Shined on 9/11". The Daily Beast.
September 12, 2017. "Special Forces Lost a Brother in Twin Towers, a Member of the NYFD", by Steve Balestrieri, Special Operations.
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