NY funeral for Marine and firefighter killed in Afghanistan

NEW YORK (AP) — A U.S. Marine killed in a roadside bombing in Afghanistan is being honored by mourners from across the country at his funeral in New York City, where he also was a decorated firefighter.

The casket of Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Christopher Slutman was taken Friday from a Bronx funeral home atop a fire engine caisson in a procession to St. Thomas Church on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan.

The 43-year-old father of three young daughters died on April 8 near Bagram Airfield U.S military base, just three weeks before he was to return home. Two other members of Slutman’s Massachusetts-based Marine Reserve unit also were killed.

In 2014, he received a medal for bravery after rescuing an unconscious woman from a burning apartment in the South Bronx.

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