TUCKAHOE, N.Y. -- The New York City Fire Department bio for Fire Marshall Ronald Bucca of Tuckahoe concludes with the phrase "End of Watch- September 11, 2001."
On that day, Bucca rushed into the south tower and made it to the 78th floor, one floor below the point of impact, when the building collapsed.
He is the only Fire Marshall in FDNY history to die in the line of duty. Bucca was a fireman for 23 years at the time of his death.
"Fire Marshalls are usually the guys on the ground making decisions," said former Tuckahoe Mayor Phil White. "But not Ron, he went in along with the rest of the crew determined to save every one he could."
White was one of the people in Tuckahoe who organized a petition and saw it through until the Tuckahoe Post Office was named in honor of Bucca.
According to the Daily News, the Post Office was renamed in October, 2006 after then President George Bush signed the bill sponsored by Congresswoman Nita Lowey in August of that year.
'His dad, who lived in Long Island, traveled to the ceremony in an ambulance because he was so sick," White recalls. "He kissed the plaque with Ron's name on it. We found out he died a few weeks later, right around Veterans Day."
Bucca, according to the FDNY bio, served as a military police staff sergeant in the US Army Reserve during the Gulf War. Bucca served in the military for 29 years at the time of his death. During the ensuing War on Terror, post 9/11/01, a US Army camp in Iraq was named Camp Bucca in his honor.
"Some of the memories of the day are not as clear as they were, but we have this Post Office named as a tribute to Ron, who lost his life trying to save the lives of others," White said.
Bucca was 47 years old when he died. He left behind a wife, a son and a daughter.
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