NY deputy fire chief dies from COVID-19 complications
White Plains Deputy Fire Chief Edward Ciocca, a 35-year fire service veteran, died Friday and was honored with a procession Sunday afternoon
Duty Death: Edward J. Ciocca - [White Plains, New York]
End of Service: 05/01/2020
By Laura French
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — A New York deputy fire chief died from COVID-19 complications on Friday.
White Plains Deputy Fire Chief Edward Ciocca, 62, was a second-generation firefighter and a 35-year fire service veteran, according to White Plains Professional Fire Fighters IAFF Local 274.
"He rose to the rank of Deputy Chief like his father before him. A consummate professional, he was always calm, cool and collected whether inside a burning building or in command of operations from the outside," read a statement on Local 274's Facebook page. "He cared for his men deeply as if they were his sons, and always put first the well-being of not only them but their families as well."
A procession was held Sunday afternoon to escort Ciocca from the hospital to McMahon's Funeral Home. The procession of hundreds of friends, relatives and first responders passed by the fire department headquarters where family members waited to say goodbye, according to News 12.
Ciocca had been planning to retire at the end of the year, News 12 reported.
Ciocca's family said there will be an outdoor viewing at the funeral home on Tuesday afternoon.
It is with deep sorrow and regret that we announce the passing of Deputy Chief Edward Ciocca due to complications from...Posted by White Plains Professional Fire Fighters - IAFF Local 274 on Saturday, May 2, 2020