Procession scheduled for firefighter who died of COVID-19


TEMPLE TERRACE, FL – Hillsborough County Fire Department will be arranging funeral services for Driver / Engineer Giovanni Ciancio at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, November 3 at Riverhills Church of God, 6310 E. Sligh Ave., Tampa.

Ciancio died after contracting COVID-19 while on duty.

His funeral will include a procession of honor starting at 9 a.m. from Love First Christian Center, 12847 Balm Riverview Road, Riverview, to Riverhills Church of God.

The 23.5-mile funeral procession will feature engines from several Florida fire departments paying homage to Ciancio. Hillsborough County residents can pay tribute to him by gathering along the procession route to greet him.

Ciancio moved to the United States in his 20s from Italy. He and his widow, Francesca Ciancio, have extended families in Italy and Switzerland, so the funeral will be held in English and Italian and broadcast live for family members to pay their respects across the world.

To watch Wednesday’s funeral, visit the Hillsborough County Fire Department Facebook page at

Dispatch’s latest Ciancio alarm, a traditional final transmission from the emergency dispatch center to all radios, will also be delivered in English and Italian.

The funeral service will be closed to the public, but residents can watch it live.

Ciancio, 55, was posted to Station 15 in Palm River and worked with HCFR for over 19 years.

The Love First Christian Center procession will head south on Balm Riverview Road to Big Bend Road. It will head west on Big Bend to US 301, then head north on US 301 to Sligh Avenue, then west on Sligh to Church of God from Riverhills.

See the related story: Hillsborough County firefighter dies of complications from COVID-19

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