Chicago diver who died during search recalled as servant

 
 
Updated 6/4/2018 6:43 PM
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  • Chicago Fire Department personnel lift Juan Bucio's casket off a fire truck for his funeral at St. Rita of Cascia High School, Monday, June 4, 2018. Bucio, a CFD diver, died on Memorial Day while conducting a search for a boater who fell overboard in the Chicago River. (Ashlee Rezin/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

    Chicago Fire Department personnel lift Juan Bucio's casket off a fire truck for his funeral at St. Rita of Cascia High School, Monday, June 4, 2018. Bucio, a CFD diver, died on Memorial Day while conducting a search for a boater who fell overboard in the Chicago River. (Ashlee Rezin/Chicago Sun-Times via AP) Associated Press

  • Juan Bucio's ex-wife Amy and his two sons Joshua and Jacob Bucio watch as Chicago Fire Department personnel lift his casket off a fire truck for his funeral at St. Rita of Cascia High School, Monday, June 4, 2018 in Chicago. Bucio, a CFD diver, died on Memorial Day while conducting a search for a boater who fell overboard in the Chicago River. (Ashlee Rezin/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

    Juan Bucio's ex-wife Amy and his two sons Joshua and Jacob Bucio watch as Chicago Fire Department personnel lift his casket off a fire truck for his funeral at St. Rita of Cascia High School, Monday, June 4, 2018 in Chicago. Bucio, a CFD diver, died on Memorial Day while conducting a search for a boater who fell overboard in the Chicago River. (Ashlee Rezin/Chicago Sun-Times via AP) Associated Press

  • Chicago Fire Department personnel lift Juan Bucio's casket off a fire truck for his funeral at St. Rita of Cascia High School, Monday, June 4, 2018 in Chicago. Bucio, a CFD diver, died on Memorial Day while conducting a search in the Chicago Riverfor a boater who fell overboard in the Chicago River. (Ashlee Rezin/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

    Chicago Fire Department personnel lift Juan Bucio's casket off a fire truck for his funeral at St. Rita of Cascia High School, Monday, June 4, 2018 in Chicago. Bucio, a CFD diver, died on Memorial Day while conducting a search in the Chicago Riverfor a boater who fell overboard in the Chicago River. (Ashlee Rezin/Chicago Sun-Times via AP) Associated Press

  • Chicago Fire Department personnel lift Juan Bucio's casket off a fire truck for his funeral at St. Rita of Cascia High School, Monday, June 4, 2018 in Chicago. Bucio, a CFD diver, died on Memorial Day while conducting a search for a boater who fell overboard in the Chicago River. (Ashlee Rezin/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

    Chicago Fire Department personnel lift Juan Bucio's casket off a fire truck for his funeral at St. Rita of Cascia High School, Monday, June 4, 2018 in Chicago. Bucio, a CFD diver, died on Memorial Day while conducting a search for a boater who fell overboard in the Chicago River. (Ashlee Rezin/Chicago Sun-Times via AP) Associated Press

  • Officers attend the funeral for fallen Chicago Fire Department diver Juan Bucio at St. Rita of Cascia Shrine Chapel, Monday, June 4, 2018. Bucio died last week while searching for a boater who fell overboard in the Chicago River. (E. Jason Wambsgans/Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool)

    Officers attend the funeral for fallen Chicago Fire Department diver Juan Bucio at St. Rita of Cascia Shrine Chapel, Monday, June 4, 2018. Bucio died last week while searching for a boater who fell overboard in the Chicago River. (E. Jason Wambsgans/Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool) Associated Press

  • Officers attend the funeral for fallen Chicago Fire Department diver Juan Bucio at St. Rita of Cascia Shrine Chapel, Monday, June 4, 2018. Bucio died last week while searching for a boater who fell overboard in the Chicago River. (E. Jason Wambsgans/Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool)

    Officers attend the funeral for fallen Chicago Fire Department diver Juan Bucio at St. Rita of Cascia Shrine Chapel, Monday, June 4, 2018. Bucio died last week while searching for a boater who fell overboard in the Chicago River. (E. Jason Wambsgans/Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool) Associated Press

  • A unit of fallen Chicago Fire Department diver Juan Bucio stand at his funeral at St. Rita of Cascia Shrine Chapel, Monday, June 4, 2018. Bucio died last week while searching for a boater who fell overboard in the Chicago River. (E. Jason Wambsgans/Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool)

    A unit of fallen Chicago Fire Department diver Juan Bucio stand at his funeral at St. Rita of Cascia Shrine Chapel, Monday, June 4, 2018. Bucio died last week while searching for a boater who fell overboard in the Chicago River. (E. Jason Wambsgans/Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool) Associated Press

  • The family of fallen Chicago Fire Department diver Juan Bucio attend his funeral at St. Rita of Cascia Shrine Chapel, Monday, June 4, 2018. Bucio died last week while searching for a boater who fell overboard in the Chicago River. (E. Jason Wambsgans/Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool)

    The family of fallen Chicago Fire Department diver Juan Bucio attend his funeral at St. Rita of Cascia Shrine Chapel, Monday, June 4, 2018. Bucio died last week while searching for a boater who fell overboard in the Chicago River. (E. Jason Wambsgans/Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool) Associated Press

  • The family of fallen Chicago Fire Department diver Juan Bucio serve as pallbearers at his funeral at St. Rita of Cascia Shrine Chapel, Monday, June 4, 2018. Bucio died last week while searching for a boater who fell overboard in the Chicago River. (E. Jason Wambsgans/Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool)

    The family of fallen Chicago Fire Department diver Juan Bucio serve as pallbearers at his funeral at St. Rita of Cascia Shrine Chapel, Monday, June 4, 2018. Bucio died last week while searching for a boater who fell overboard in the Chicago River. (E. Jason Wambsgans/Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool) Associated Press

  • The family of fallen Chicago Fire Department diver Juan Bucio serve as pallbearers at his funeral at St. Rita of Cascia Shrine Chapel, Monday, June 4, 2018. Bucio died last week while searching for a boater who fell overboard in the Chicago River. (E. Jason Wambsgans/Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool)

    The family of fallen Chicago Fire Department diver Juan Bucio serve as pallbearers at his funeral at St. Rita of Cascia Shrine Chapel, Monday, June 4, 2018. Bucio died last week while searching for a boater who fell overboard in the Chicago River. (E. Jason Wambsgans/Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool) Associated Press

CHICAGO -- A priest has told the young sons of a Chicago Fire Department diver that their father lived his life in service and was willing to risk his life for others.

The tribute came during a funeral Monday for 46-year-old Juan Bucio, who died last week while searching for a boater who fell overboard in the Chicago River.

Hundreds of firefighters and other mourners attended the service. They stood and applauded after the Rev. Gary Graf called up Bucio's 9- and 7-year-old sons, and told them that everyone present were their family.

Bucio's casket was carried to St. Rita of Cascia Chapel atop a fire engine.

The investigation is ongoing, but officials believe Bucio became separated from his dive partner during the rescue attempt. He was a 15-year member of the Chicago Fire Department.

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