Hundreds turn out for memorial service for District Public Safety Department Firefighter/EMT John Brucker
By KATIE BACKMAN, DAILY SUN THE VILLAGES — Son, friend, brother, father, firefighter, hero and “the one.” Those were terms of endearment and esteem his loved ones and colleagues used to eulogize John Brucker.
Brucker’s bunker coat draped over his boots and surmounted by his helmet paid silent and eloquent tribute to the 37-year-old firefighter’s life at his memorial service Thursday at Church on the Square. His well-used gear reflected Brucker’s strength, courage, integrity and passion that those he leaves behind say they will forever carry with them.
Brucker, a firefighter and EMT with the District Public Safety Department, was involved in a vehicle crash May 26 at Gray’s Airport Road and Eagles Nest Road in Fruitland Park. He died from his injuries at Orlando Regional Medical Center on Saturday, June 12.