Mourners pay tribute to fallen Marine with midstate ties
A procession escorting the body of Staff Sgt. Christopher Slutman arrives to a funeral home in the Bronx borough of New York, Monday, April 22, 2019. Firefighters in three states are honoring the U.S. Marine and New York City firefighter who was killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
(New York) — A U.S. Marine killed in a roadside bombing in Afghanistan is being honored by mourners from across the country at his funeral in New York City, where he also was a decorated firefighter.
The flag-draped casket of Marine Corps Staff Sergeant Christopher Slutman, whose parents live in Lower Windsor Township, York County, was taken Friday from a Bronx funeral home atop a fire engine caisson.
Thousands of firefighters, police and other responders lined both sides of Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue for about a mile as the caisson passed slowly to a drumbeat.
It arrived at the majestic St. Thomas Church amid the bagpipe strains of “Amazing Grace” and salutes.
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 — including 31-year-old Sergeant Benjamin Hines of York County — also were killed.
Hines was a 2006 graduate of Dallastown High School.