Phoenix firefighter Capt. Crystal Rezzonico laid to rest

Posted at 3:42 PM, Feb 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-28 20:24:04-05

Valley firefighters paid their respects to one of their own Tuesday as Phoenix Fire Department Captain Crystal Rezzonico was laid to rest.

Rezzonico passed away on February 18, nearly eight years after suffering serious injuries in an on-duty accident. She was 56.

In August 2009, Rezzonico was aboard a fire engine dispatched to an emergency call in Phoenix when a crash occurred at a busy intersection. Authorities say she was ejected from the truck and suffered a traumatic brain injury, along with two broken legs and two broken shoulders.

Rezzonico returned to duty about a year after the accident and retired in December 2014 after a 23-year career.  

She is survived by her son, Austin Rezzonico, who is a firefighter with the city of Phoenix, as well as her other son Cutter Pleasant. She is also survived by her two sisters, mom, dad and other family members.

Funeral services were held at Christ’s Church of the Valley, near 67th Avenue and Happy Valley Road.

A procession followed, going from the church to Greenwood Memory Lawn Cemetery, near 27th Avenue and Van Buren, where Rezzonico was laid to rest.

Traffic was shut down along the route.