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Fallen Marine Christopher Slutman mourned by fellow firefighters as a 'hero'

"Chris never sought credit but he always gave it," Sgt. Maj. Christopher Armstrong said at Slutman's funeral in midtown.

Firefighters lined Fifth Avenue Friday morning for the funeral of FDNY firefighter and Marine Christopher Slutman who was killed April 8 with two other Marine reservists when their convoy was struck by a roadside bomb near the main American base in Afghanistan. (Credit: Newsday / Matthew Chayes)

Thousands of firefighters lined Fifth Avenue Friday morning for the funeral of an FDNY firefighter killed April 8 with two other Marine reservists when their convoy was struck by a roadside bomb near the main American base in Afghanistan.

The firefighters, wearing their dress uniforms, gathered outside St. Thomas Episcopal Church in midtown in honor of Christopher Slutman, a 43-year-old firefighter and Marine staff sergeant.

Slutman leaves behind a wife and three daughters.

A New York City firefighter for 15 years, Slutman was killed alongside Cpl. Robert A. Hendriks, 25, of Long Island, and Sgt. Benjamin S. Hines, 31, of York, Pennsylvania, according to the Marine Corps.

“We remember our brother Chris and all who have made the supreme sacrifice for their country in the armed forces of this nation, in the fire departments and the police departments throughout the land,” the Rev. Canon Carl F. Turner, church rector and funeral officiant, told mourners.

Mayor Bill de Blasio noted in a tribute that Slutman was the fourth FDNY firefighter to be killed while serving in Iraq or Afghanistan.

“Today, our city mourns a hero... taken too soon, just 43 years old,” the mayor said. “He wore not one but two uniforms.”

Sgt. Maj. Christopher Armstrong of the Marines said Slutman wasn't one to "pound his chest."

"He didn’t try to impress or drone on about what he was gonna do," Armstrong said. "He just did it. Chris never sought credit but he always gave it.”

Battalion Chief Christopher Williamson of the FDNY recalled how Slutman saved an unconscious woman from a building in the Bronx in 2013.

“Chris, you will always be one of my guys,” Williamson said. “I love you, buddy.”

Slutman had worked at ladder companies 27 and 17. He had also been assigned to the 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division of the Marine Forces Reserve, according to the Marines.

Hendriks was buried at a graveside ceremony Wednesday at Calverton National Cemetery attended by hundreds. The same day was the memorial service for Hines. 

Afghanistan is America’s longest war.

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