A U.S. Marine Corps carry team moves a transfer case containing the remains of Staff Sgt. Christopher Slutman, Thursday, April 11, 2019, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. According to the Department of Defense, Slutman, of Newark, Del., was among three American service members killed by a roadside bomb on Monday, April 8, near Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Remains Of 3 Marines Killed In Afghanistan Returned To US

April 12, 2019 - 1:45 pm
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DOVER, Del. (WCBS 880/AP) -- The remains of three Marines killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan arrived Thursday at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.
 
The Pentagon said 43-year old Staff Sgt. Christopher K. A. Slutman of Newark, Delaware; 31-year-old Sgt. Benjamin S. Hines of York, Pennsylvania, and 25-year-old Cpl. Robert A. Hendriks of Locust Valley, New York, were killed on Monday when a bomb struck their vehicle near Bagram Air Base north of Kabul. 

The fatalities brought to seven the number of U.S. troops killed this year in Afghanistan.
 
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. 
 
The three were assigned to 25th Marine Regiment, a Massachusetts-based Marine Reserve unit.
 
Slutman, who grew up in Maryland and lived in Delaware and New York, was a 15-year veteran of the FDNY. He 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.

Slutman is the fourth FDNY member to die while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan since U.S. military action started in 2003. He leaves behind a wife and three young daughters. The Sept. 11 charity Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation will help 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.

Hendriks joined the Marines right after graduating Locust Valley High School in 2012. His mother Felicia, who has another son in the military, says Robert loved what he did and he was always willing to die for his country.

The principal at Locust Valley High School said it's a huge loss for the community, especially the many ROTC students following in Hendriks' footsteps.

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