While searching for a 28-year-old man who fell off of a boat into the South Branch of the Chicago River, Firefighter/EMT Juan J. Bucio became separated from his dive partner and went missing. According to initial reports, Bucio’s dive partner immediately declared a Mayday and, along with other divers, began to search the river for Firefighter Bucio. After approximately 20 minutes, Bucio was found and rescued from the river. Firefighter Bucio was then transported to the hospital where, despite all efforts to revive him by paramedics and hospital personnel, he was declared deceased.
Incident Location: South Branch of the Chicago River, vicinity of 2600 S Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60608 (U.S. National Grid: 16T DM 4472 3281)
Chicago Fire Department
3510 South Michigan Avenue floor 2
U.S. National Grid: 16T DM 4822 3118
Chicago, Illinois 60653
Chief: Fire Commissioner José A. Santiago