Ronald Paul Bucca

Ronald Paul Bucca
Bucca's name is located on Panel S-13 of the National September 11 Memorial’s South Pool, along with those of other first responders.
Born (1954-05-06)May 6, 1954
Died September 11, 2001(2001-09-11) (aged 47)
South Tower, World Trade Center, New York City, New York, U.S
Cause of death Collapse of South Tower (September 11 Terrorist Attacks)

Ronald Paul Bucca (May 6, 1954 – September 11, 2001) was a New York City Fire Department Marshal killed during the September 11 attacks. He is the only fire marshal in the history of the New York City Fire Department to be killed in the line of duty.

Military career

Bucca had served in the United States Army as a Green Beret during the Vietnam War.[1] Later, he would serve the Defense Intelligence Agency as an analyst. Becoming a reservist in 1986, he joined the FDNY. He was subsequently injured on the job, which cost him his qualifications as a paratrooper and ended his eligibility with the Army Special Forces, causing him to leave the service.[1]

Firefighting career

Bucca was a 22-year veteran of the department; he was promoted to Fire Marshal in 1992. As such, he was one of the people who investigated the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and the FDNY representative on the Joint Terrorism Task Force. By 2000, the fire department's seat was removed, and Bucca's position there relinquished.[1]

After responding to the September 11, 2001 attacks, Bucca ascended to the impact zone at the Sky Lobby on the 78th floor of the South Tower of the World Trade Center, along with Battalion Chief Orio Palmer.[2] The two men, both experienced marathon runners, are believed to have made it to the highest floor of any first responders in either tower before the building collapsed.[1]


In 2003, military police named the principal POW holding camp in Iraq "Camp Bucca".[1]

At the National 9/11 Memorial, Bucca is memorialized at the South Pool, on Panel S-14, along with those of other first responders killed in the attacks.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e Clinton, Randall A. "Camp Bucca, Iraq flag presented to namesake's family". New York City Public Affairs. United States Marine Corps. Retrieved September 8, 2013.
  2. ^ Dwyer, Jim; Fessenden, Ford (4 August 2002). "Lost Voices of Firefighters, Some on the 78th Floor". The New York Times. Retrieved 18 February 2015.
    Daly, Michael (11 September 2014). "The Flying New York Fireman Who Shined on 9/11". The Daily Beast. New York. Retrieved 18 February 2015.
  3. ^ Ronald Bucca Archived 2013-07-27 at the Wayback Machine. Memorial Guide: National 9/11 Memorial. Retrieved October 28, 2011.

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