Firefighters Head to Delaware to Receive Casket of Marine Killed in Afghanistan

News 12 - April 12, 2019

THE BRONX - FDNY firefighters are on their way to Delaware for the dignified transfer of fellow firefighter in the Bronx and Marine, Christopher Slutman, who was killed Monday in Afghanistan.

Firefighters from Ladder Company 27 are heading to Dover Air Force Base where they're going to meet Slutman's family and receive his casket.

The decorated firefighter was killed Monday after a roadside bomb exploded near his military convoy north of Kabul in Afghanistan. He leaves behind a wife and three children.

Two other Marines were also killed in the explosion. Slutman was a staff sergeant in the Marines and was a decorated 15-year veteran of the FDNY.

According to the New York Times, Slutman won a medal for saving a woman from a burning building back in 2014.

"Chris was a man of integrity what every man should aspire to be. He was a humble man. He was a do your job kind of guy, that's what Chris was. He could be counted on to do his job and expected you to hold up your end of the bargain," says Bobby Eustace, Ladder 27 UFA Recording Secretary.

Slutman is only the fourth firefighter to die post-Sept. 11 in active duty.