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June 4, 1934 – Jan. 30, 2014

Philip V. Pici, who received an award for bravery from New York State for rescuing a man from a fire while serving with the Buffalo Fire Department, died Thursday in DeGraff Skilled Nursing Facility, North Tonawanda, following a lengthy illness. A resident of Amherst, he was 79.

Mr. Pici was born in Cleveland and graduated from St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute and Erie Community College. He served in the U.S. Air Force in 1961 and 1962.

During his 33-year career with the Buffalo Fire Department, he attained the rank of captain and received numerous commendations, including the John J. Trobidy Memorial Award from the State Senate in 1978 for saving a 75-year-old man who was trapped in a burning building. He retired in 1991.

Mr. Pici also managed the University Club on Delaware Avenue and was an avid racquet ball and squash player.

He is survived by his wife of 23 years, the former Loretta Mangus; two sons; two stepsons; a stepdaughter; two brothers; and eight grandchildren.

A funeral will be at 8 p.m. Wednesday in Lombardo Funeral Home, 885 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst.