Firefighters In 3 States Honor Fallen Marine Christopher Slutman

April 22, 2019 - 3:24 pm
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DOVER, Del. (WCBS 880/AP) — Firefighters in three states on Monday honored a U.S. Marine and firefighter who was killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan.

A police-escorted funeral procession carrying the remains of Staff Sgt. Christopher Slutman left Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, travelled through New Jersey and into New York City to a funeral home in the Bronx.

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Firefighters along the way paid their respects to Slutman, who was a 15-year veteran of the New York City Fire Department.

“Each fire department from Dover, Delaware, through the Bronx, New York, has been asked to join in honoring Marine Staff Sgt. and FDNY Firefighter Christopher Slutman as his remains are transported to New York. We anticipate that thousands of firefighters, police, and residents will be along the route of Interstate 95 through Delaware, New Jersey, and New York to pay their respects to this American hero,” said Gerard Fitzgerald, President of the FDNY-UFA Firefighters Association.
 
The 43-year old and two other members of a Massachusetts-based Marine Reserve unit were killed on April 8.
 
Slutman is survived by a wife and three daughters. The Sept. 11 charity Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation is helping the family by paying off the mortgage on their Yonkers home.

Captain Steven Moore at Ladder 27 said Slutman was the type of person who wanted to go above and beyond.

"He was brave, conscientious, dependable and always rose to the occasion," Moore said.

Slutman earned a Fire Chiefs Association Memorial Medal in 2014 for crawling through flames to rescue an unconscious woman inside an apartment fire in the South Bronx.

"The decorated 15-year-veteran of the department is truly one of New York City’s Bravest – running into danger to protect and defend others, both in New York City and in combat overseas," Mayor Bill de Blasio said. 

FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro called Slutman a hero who "bravely wore two uniforms and committed his life to public service both as a New York City firefighter and as a member of the United States Marine Corps."

Slutman is the fourth FDNY member to die while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan since U.S. military action started in 2003.

(© 2019 WCBS 880. The Associated Press contributed to this report)