One of three American service members killed in a roadside car bomb attack on a convoy outside of Afghanistan’s Bagram Airfield on Monday was a New York firefighter, officials said Tuesday.
Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Christopher Slutman, a 15-year veteran of the FDNY, worked for Ladder Companies 27 and 17 in the Bronx, according to the Uniformed Firefighters Association.
He was also a 19-year volunteer with the Kentland Fire Department serving Landover and Prince George’s County, Maryland, according to Chief Oleg Pelekhaty.
Slutman was on active duty in Afghanistan on Monday when the roadside bomb went off, killing two other U.S. service members and wounding another three. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio ordered flags to be lowered to half-staff Tuesday. De Blasio said in a statement that he had presented Slutman with the Fire Chief’s Association Memorial Medal in 2014 after the firefighter had saved an unconscious woman from a burning South Bronx apartment.