FDNY Fire Marshal and Army Reservist Warrant Officer 1 Ronald Bucca was a proud father, husband, friend, fireman, soldier, and nurse. He has been remembered as a soldier's soldier to members of the Special Forces and Army Reserve communities where he served for 29 years and a fireman's fireman to not just the FDNY, where he was a member for 23 years, but the firefighting community as a whole. Mr. Bucca's compassion brought aid and relief to people struggling to find safety and to stay alive in times of disaster. His desire to bring comfort to those in need continued to the end on September 11, 2001 when the World Trade Center's second tower claimed this brave warrior's life. Mr. Bucca dreamed of going into the military and at age 17 his career began in the Army serving as a Helicopter Crewman in the 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam. Immediately after discharge he joined the Army Reserves, serving in the 42nd Infantry Division of the New York National Guard, as a Green Beret with the 11th Special Forces Group, the 5/5th Field Artillery Division, the 77th Regional Support Command, and the 800th Military Police Command, 3413th Military Intelligence Detachment. At the time of his death, Mr. Bucca was working as an Intel Analyst with the Defense Intelligence Agency as a Warrant Officer 1. According to LTC Kevin Murphy, USASOC Assistant Chief of Staff, Ret. "Mr. Bucca was the epitome of the Army values: loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity and personal courage throughout his military career and into his firefighting career." According to his friends, he was a team player from start to finish, even after he traded in his Green Beret and battle dress uniform for a firefighting helmet and gear. Mr. Bucca's son, a Green Beret himself, followed in his father's footsteps in 2002 and is currently on his 5th deployment. In 1978, Mr. Bucca joined the ranks of the New York City Fire Department. He served with Engine Company 95, Ladder Company 2, the Fitness Unit, Rescue Company One, the Fire Department Terrorist Task Force and in 1992 was promoted to Fire Marshal. In 1986, while a member of Rescue 1‚ in an attempt to rescue a brother firefighter‚ Mr. Bucca fell five stories‚ suffering severe injuries including a broken back. Although many believed his career was over‚ with intensive rehabilitation and sheer determination, he returned to full duty within a year. Fire officials afterward noted that Mr. Bucca had struck a telephone wire and a pair of cables on the way down, but speculated that his survival may have ultimately been due to his Special Forces parachute training. He landed on his hands and feet some said like a huge muscular cat. The men at Rescue 1 nicknamed him “The Flying Fireman." Mr. Bucca was part of the team which investigated the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center and in 2000 became the sole field member of the FDNY Joint Terrorism Task Force. From what he had learned from his research with the task force and the military, Mr. Bucca was certain the threat of a terrorist attack was only growing and was said to have kept a set of building plans of the Twin Towers in his Fire Marshal’s locker. On the morning of September 11, 2001 Mr. Bucca contacted his wife to say that a plane crashed into the first World Trade Center building. LTC Murphy would later say, "He didn't have to be there. Here's Ron the Fire Marshal, the first and only Fire Marshal in the history of the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) to be killed in the line of duty. Those are the values he lived by; it's a testament and summation of his life." Upon arriving to the scene, Mr. Bucca and Supervisor James Devery, started up the stairwell of WTC Tower 2. On the 30th floor they encountered a woman who was incapacitated and Supervisor Devery escorted her from the building as Mr. Bucca continued running up the stairs towards the 79th floor. That was the last time he was seen. Thucydides wrote: “The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and notwithstanding go out to meet it. “ This is what Fire Marshal WO1 Ronald Bucca did on September 11, 2001. In full knowledge of the danger he was running towards, he climbed 79 flights of stairs to aid innocent civilians. When Mr. Bucca's body was recovered a month later, he was found a short distance from a group of civilians, and covering those civilians was his Fire Department turnout coat.