patch.com - April 10, 2019by Noah Manskar, Patch Staff
Christopher Slutman was among three U.S. service members killed in a roadside bombing in Afghanistan, officials said.
NEW YORK — A New York City firefighter was among three Americans killed in a Monday roadside bombing in Afghanistan, officials said Tuesday. Christopher Slutman, a 15-year FDNY veteran stationed in The Bronx, died while on active duty with the U.S. Marine Corps, the Fire Department said.
The bombing of a convoy near Bagram Airfield killed a total of three U.S. service members, according to NATO's Resolute Support mission. The Taliban has reportedly taken responsibility for the attack.
"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," FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro said in a statement. "The hearts and prayers of the entire Department are with his loved ones and with the families of his fellow service members who lost their lives in service to our nation."
Slutman, 43, started his FDNY career at the South Bronx's Ladder Company 17 in 2003 and moved to Ladder Company 27 in the Claremont neighborhood in 2015, the Fire Department said.
He received the Fire Chiefs Association Memorial Medal in 2014 for dragging a woman out of a blazing South Bronx apartment, Mayor Bill de Blasio said. The mayor ordered flags across the city lowered to half-mast in Slutman's honor.
"This unquestionably is an example of the measure of this man," the mayor said.
Monday's bombing also wounded three American service members an an Afghan contractor, military forces said. The NATO mission initially said the contractor was also killed, but he was found to be alive.
"We feel and mourn the loss of these Americans with their families and loved ones. They volunteered to protect their country," U.S. Army Gen. Scott Miller said in a statement.
Slutman is survived by his wife, Shannon, and their three daughters, the FDNY said. The firefighter's funeral arrangements are pending.
Answer the Call, a nonprofit that helps families of cops and firefighters killed in the line of duty, said it would provide Slutman's widow with at least $25,000 to help with her expenses. The group says it aims raise money to aid her each year for the rest of her life.
"This tragedy is a sad reminder of the dangers our first responders face while protecting us both locally and abroad and the tremendous debt we owe them," Lauren Profeta, Answer the Call's executive director, said in a statement.