WILMINGTON (DE): A fallen Marine from New York City was honored this morning in a three state procession just after 10:00 am. as local fire departments lined overpasses along the route to pay their respects for the fallen fireman and soldier.
Marine Staff Sgt. Christopher Slutman was killed in a roadside bomb in Afghanistan on April 8, along with two other Marines. Slutman was a New York City firefighter, who lived outside of Wilmington with his wife and three daughters. He was not only a U.S. Marine, but also a member of the New York Fire Department, and the Kentland Volunteer Fire Department.
Monday’s police-escorted funeral procession began at 10 a.m. heading up Del. 1, I-95 and I-295 to the Delaware Memorial Bridge, then along the New Jersey Turnpike and over the George Washington Bridge into New York City.
Slutman was assigned to the 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, Marine Forces Reserve headquartered in Fort Devens, Massachusetts.
Slutman’s remains arrived at the Dover Air Force Base mortuary on April 11.
He is survived by his wife, Shannon, and three young daughters, aged 10, 8 and 4. His parents, Fletcher and Mary Slutman, live in Lower Windsor Township in York County, Pennsylvania.
A public viewing will be held on Thursday, April 25, at the Joseph A. Lucchese Funeral Home in the Bronx from 2-4 p.m. and again from 7-9 p.m.
On Friday, April 26, at 11 a.m., the public funeral will be held at Saint Thomas Church. Seating is limited.
Slutman will be buried in the Arlington National Cemetery.
The Delaware fire service will be hosting a memorial on May 1 at the University of Delaware’s Bob Carpenter Center.
- Marine killed in roadside bombing.
- Three state funeral procession to begin at 10:00 am.
- Burial will be in the Arlington National Cemetary.