NY funeral for Marine and firefighter killed in Afghanistan
NEW YORK (AP) — A U.S. Marine killed in a bombing in Afghanistan will be honored by mourners from across the country at his funeral in New York City where he was also a decorated firefighter .
The casket of Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Christopher Slutman is to leave a Bronx funeral home atop a fire engine caisson Friday morning for St. Thomas Church on Fifth Avenue.
The 43-year-old father of three young daughters died on April 8 near Bagram Airfield U.S military base. Two other members of Slutman’s Massachusetts-based Marine Reserve unit also were killed.
A 15-year FDNY veteran, Slutman was with Ladder 27 in the Bronx. He got a medal for bravery after rescuing a woman from a burning apartment.
A native of Newark, Delaware, Slutman also had been a firefighter in Maryland.