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Mayor: Marine killed in Afghanistan represented best

April 26, 2019

NEW YORK (AP) — Mayor Bill de Blasio says a decorated New York City firefighter killed while serving as a Marine in Afghanistan “represented the very best of us.”

The funeral for Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Christopher Slutman was held Friday.

Thousands of firefighters and other responders saluted along Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue as his flag-drag casket arrived at a Manhattan church atop a fire engine caisson.

The father of three died April 8 near Bagram Airfield U.S military base. Two other members of Slutman’s Massachusetts-based Marine Reserve unit also were killed.

The native of Newark, Delaware, also had served as a firefighter in Maryland.

Delaware Gov. John Carney told mourners that the sound of a siren is a reminder to appreciate others’ sacrifices.