Firefighters honored in Springfield

ff mem 2019SPRINGFIELD – Firefighters from across the state gathered in Springfield Tuesday to honor firefighters for their service to their communities and to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

The 26th Annual Firefighters Medal of Honor ceremony began at the Illinois Fallen Firefighter Memorial statue on the southwest side of the Capitol. Firefighter Juan Bucio of the Chicago Fire Department gave his life in the line of duty. His family was presented with the Duty Death Gold Badge.

“Firefighters like Juan Bucio go to work every day knowing that their duty may put them in great danger,” said State Senator John Mulroe (D-Chicago). “A grateful state expresses its condolences to his family, along with this promise: We won’t ever forget those who laid down their lives for others.”

Other honors awarded today were the Medal of Valor award, Firefighter Excellence Award, Firefighter Excellence “Unit Citation” Award and Certificates of recognition.

The awards presented today recognized heroic actions during 2018.  Nominations were reviewed and winners selected by the Illinois Fire Fighting Medal of Honor Committee.

Sen. John G. Mulroe


10th District

Years served: 2010 - 2019

Committee assignments: Commerce and Economic Development; Criminal Law; Executive; Insurance (Vice-Chairperson); Judiciary (Chairperson); Public Health; Subcommittee on Const. Amendments.

Biography: Born July 21, 1959, in Chicago; BBA, accounting, Loyola University; J.D., Loyola University School of Law; member of Chicago and Illinois State Bar associations; full-time attorney; former assistant state's attorney and arbitrator for Cook County; certified public accountant; married (wife, Margaret), four children.

Associated Representative:
Robert Martwick
Michael P. McAuliffe