Services for Buckeye Fire Chief Bob Costello will be held Thursday with a viewing scheduled for Wednesday.
Mr. Costello, who had served with the West Valley city since 2004 and was its chief since 2008, died last week. He was 62,
The city announced the viewing, with masks required, would be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 14, at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road in Goodyear.
A memorial service, with masks encouraged, would be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 15, at Christ's Church of the Valley, 7007 W. Happy Valley Road in Peoria.
Both the viewing and memorial service would be open to the public. Interment is private for immediate family and Buckeye Fire Department members.
“Chief Costello was a true visionary for Buckeye,” said Buckeye Mayor Eric Orsborn in a statement. “His quiet, comforting personality made him a friend to everyone he met. He was one of the most genuine people on earth and truly cared about others and the community. We are all still in shock over his sudden passing, but take comfort in knowing that his amazing contributions to Buckeye will have positive impacts on the city for years to come.”
Mr. Costello helped to bring numerous programs to the city as it grew, noteably the Community Paramedicine Program in partnership with Banner Estrella Medical Center.
Through the growth, Mr. Costello formed partnerships with Banner Estrella and was a member of the Patient Family Advisory Council. His department also took over the operation and maintenance of the Louis B. Hazelton Memorial Cemetary. Those operations included a recent expansion and programs that allowed families to honor their loved ones.
“The entire city of Buckeye is grieving over the loss of Chief Costello,” said Buckeye City Manager Roger Klingler in a statement. “His innovation and ability to implement forward-thinking programs like the Community Paramedicine and Treat and Refer programs were true assets to the city, the department and especially our residents. He will truly be missed.”