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Staff Sgt. Christopher Slutman, a Marine and New York City firefighter, was taken to New York today, two weeks after the 43-year-old was killed while serving in Afghanistan.
Slutman, who is survived by his wife and three daughters, was one of the soldiers killed by a roadside bomb on April 8 during a convoy near the Bagram Airfield in Kabul.
Slutman had a residence in Yonkers but his family lived in Delaware, and today a procession took him from Dover Air Force Base to Joseph Lucchese Funeral Home in the Bronx. Firefighters honored him as his remains are driven over the Delaware Memorial Bridge, up the New Jersey Turnpike and over the George Washington Bridge into New York.
The body of FDNY member and U.S. Marine Christopher Slutman was transported from Dover Air Force Base in Delaware to New York City Monday. Seth Harrison/Lohud, The Journal News/Lohud
Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Lucchese, 726 Morris Park Ave., in the Bronx. A funeral service is set for 11 a.m. Friday at St. Thomas Church, 1 W. 53rd St. in Manhattan.
Slutman grew up in Maryland, and was a volunteer with the Kentland Volunteer Fire Department there. His father, Fletcher Slutman, had worked as a firefighter in Maryland and now lives in Pennsylvania.
Shannon Slutman, the wife of FDNY member and U.S. Marine Christopher Slutman watches as her husband's casket is carried into the Joseph Lucchese Funeral Home in the Bronx April 21, 2019. Slutman was killed last week by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan. His body was transported from Dover Air Force Base in Delaware by a military and fire department procession. (Photo: Seth Harrison/The Journal News)
Fletcher Slutman told The Journal News/lohud that his son always wanted to be a firefighter in New York City, where the fire department "is the best in the world."
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Christopher Slutman joined the FDNY in 2003 and had most recently been working at Ladder 27 in the South Bronx. In 2014, the city honored him with the Fire Chiefs Association Memorial Medal for bravery after he rescued an unconscious woman from a fire in a Bronx apartment building.
Slutman is survived by his wife, Shannon; daughters, McKenna, Kenley and Weslynn; and parents, Fletcher and Mary.
Members of the New York City Fire Department and New York City Police Department stand outside the Joseph Lucchese Funeral Home in the Bronx April 21, 2019 as the hearse containing the body of FDNY member and U.S. Marine Christopher Slutman arrives. Slutman was killed last week by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan. His body was transported from Dover Air Force Base in Delaware by a military and fire department procession. (Photo: Seth Harrison/The Journal News)
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