Fallen Chicago firefighter-EMT had rare heart condition

An autopsy determined Juan Bucio, 46, died from asphyxia caused by an abnormal heart beat

By Associated Press

CHICAGO — A Chicago Fire Department diver who died while searching for a boater who fell overboard in the Chicago River had a rare heart condition that led to his death.

The Cook County Medical Examiner says an autopsy found 46-year-old Juan Bucio died from asphyxia caused by an arrhythmia, or abnormal heart beat. The arrhythmia was due to lymphocytic myocarditis, a rare disease that can cause heart failure. His death was ruled accidental.

(Photo/Chicago Fire Department)
(Photo/Chicago Fire Department)

Bucio became separated from his partner while searching for the boater on Memorial Day. He was later pulled from the water and pronounced dead at a hospital.

A consultant who inspected Bucio's equipment said it was well maintained. The report says his oxygen supply likely ran out while Bucio was underwater and he didn't switch to a backup supply.

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