Marine killed in Afghanistan was a firefighter stateside

Julia LeDoux
April 09, 2019 - 11:53 am
Christopher Slutman

New York City Fire Department

Christopher Slutman is being remembered as someone who was always faithful in his role as a Marine and firefighter.

“Firefighter Slutman 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,” said NYC Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro in a statement.

Slutman was one of three service members killed by a roadside bomb that detonated just north of Bagram Air Base near Kabul, Afghanistan on April 9.  

“We feel and mourn the loss of these Americans with their families and loved ones,” said Gen. Scott Miller, commanding general of the Resolute Support mission and U.S.. Forces-Afghanistan, said in a statement. “They volunteered to protect their country. We will continue our mission.”

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the blast.

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Slutman joined the NYFD in 2003 and was assigned to Ladder Company 17 in the South Bronx. In 2015 he transferred to Ladder Company 27. In 2014, he was honored for bravery after rescuing an unconscious woman at a fire in the South Bronx.

“I was honored to present him with the Fire Chiefs Association Memorial Medal in 2014, for his heroic rescue of an unconscious woman at a fire in the South Bronx,” said New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Slutman was also a 19-year veteran of the Kentland Volunteer Fire Department in Prince George’s County, Maryland, where he rose through the ranks to become a captain.

“Through this trying time, we will remember Chris for the father, husband, brother, son, and friend that he was, the moral character he displayed daily, and the courage and conviction to serve his fellow Americans, both at home and abroad,” said Kentland Fire Chief Oleg Pelekhaty in a statement.

Slutman is the fourth FDNY member to die while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan since U.S. military action began in 2003: Christian P. Engeldrum was killed in November of 2004, and Lt. Christopher J. Raguso and Fire Marshal Christopher T. Zanetis were killed in March of 2018.

Slutman is survived by his wife, Shannon, and their three young daughters.

 Funeral arrangements are pending.

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