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Rush-Henrietta Mourns Passing of Jim Bucci

You may not know it, but there is a strong likelihood Jim Bucci made a positive impact on your life or that of your child. That's why it is so difficult to share news of his untimely passing on Thursday.

Jim, who lived in Rush, was a dedicated community servant known for his decades of volunteer service. He lived that service through his work, too. As chief of Rush Fire Department and deputy chief of CHS Mobile Integrated Health Care, he played a role in enhancing many different aspects of public safety throughout our community.

Jim served as a member of the Rush-Henrietta District Safety Committee for nearly 20 years. After our first District Safety Forum last year, he worked with school officials to review the many suggestions made by the community, providing sound advice on how to implement solutions in our schools.

Whenever there was an emergency training exercise, Jim was there. The same was true for emergencies. Just yesterday, he requested assistance from our Transportation and Operations Center, asking that  a specialized school bus be sent to help at an accident involving adults from a different organization. In fact, he was talking to district safety officials about that positive collaboration late yesterday afternoon.

In addition, Jim played a big role in making possible the DWI re-enactments that are done each June in an effort to keep our graduating seniors safe. His support of the district extended far beyond his first-responder role. For example, he was a strong advocate of the high school’s baseball and football teams.

Never one to stand idly on the sidelines, Jim served as a member of the Rush and Henrietta Community Health and Safety Coalition. That organization was important to Jim because it is dedicated to serving our youth, keeping kids safe from harmful influences and promoting their positive and drug-free development.

Jim’s influence has been felt here at home, and far beyond. Here is a sampling of what people near and far are saying about our longtime friend:

Rush Fire Department: "It is almost impossible to adequately report how much this man will be missed and what he has accomplished while he was with us."

Houghton Volunteer Fire Department and Ambulance: "We have had the privilege of working with Jim on several occasions and have greatly appreciated his services, knowledge, and passion for emergency services. He was truly a great man and will be missed."

Monroe County Professional Firefighters Association: "Chief Bucci was dedicated to his department and to passing on his craft as an instructor and mentor to many over the years."

Jim is survived by his wife, Pam, and children, Zach and Erica, who are Rush-Henrietta graduates. We hold them in our hearts during this difficult time.

The Rush-Henrietta Central School District extends its profound thanks to Jim Bucci for a job well done. We will never forget you, nor the service-oriented life you led.