Passing of former member of Co. 20, 26, 33, DCFD, FDNY & current USMC SSgt. Christopher Slutman/ Updated
The Officers and Members of the Marlboro Volunteer Fire Department sadly announce the passing of former member Christopher A. Slutman. We offer our thoughts and prayers to the family, friends, fellow volunteers and members of the DHVFD Co 26, KVFD Co. 33, DCFD, FDNY, and USMC members grieving the death of Christopher A. Slutman.
Christopher was killed along with two others when their convoy hit a roadside bomb on Monday near the main U.S. base in Afghanistan.
Chris Slutman first served as a volunteer firefighter with the Marlboro Volunteer Fire Department, where his father, Fletcher Slutman was a career firefighter / Paramedic at the Croom Road Station. We have been offered condolences from many other firefighters, and friends who remember Chris and his family.
Chris later joined the District Heights Volunteer Fire Department, and then transferred to the Kentland Volunteer Fire Department Company 33. He started a career as a firefighter with the District of Columbia fire department, and was then hired by the Fire Department of New York.
Chief Oleg Pelekhaty of the Kentland VFD described Chris this way: “Through this trying time, we will remember Chris for the father, husband, brother, son, and friend that he was, the moral character he displayed daily, and the courage and conviction to serve his fellow Americans, both at home and abroad.”
We ask that all continue to pray for all of those who have been touched by Chris’s life, his wife, daughters and many family, friends and loved ones.
**UPDATED** – DIGNIFIED TRANSFER AND SERVICES FOR STAFF SERGEANT AND LIFE MEMBER CHRISTOPHER SLUTMAN
A MESSAGE FROM FIRE CHIEF OLEG PELEKHATY
The Kentland Volunteer Fire Department (KVFD) Incorporated is posting the following announcement in regard to the upcoming dignified transfer of SSgt Christopher Slutman:
On Monday, April 22, 2019, the dignified transfer of SSgt and Life Member Christopher Slutman will begin at 1000 hours (THIS WAS CHANGED FROM 1100) from Dover Air Force Base, Dover, Delaware. The procession will proceed from Dover Air Force Base to the Delaware Memorial Bridge, onto the New Jersey Turnpike, to the George Washington Bridge, into the City of New York. The procession is slated to take at least three hours. To honor Chris, we are asking for members of fire, police, EMS, and the public to line the route, rendering honors when the motorcade passes. Most importantly, this includes all overpasses along the route. For emergency services with apparatus participating in Delaware, please contact Ceasar Haley, Past Chief, Claymont Fire Company, at [email protected] for overpass coordination. For emergency services with apparatus participating in New Jersey, please contact Burlington County Fire Coordinator, Chief Tim Pearson at [email protected] for overpass coordination.
On Thursday, April 25, 2019, a public visitation will be held from 2:00pm-4:00pm and again from 7:00pm-9:00pm at the Joseph A. Luchese Funeral Home, Inc, located at 726 Morris Park Avenue, The Bronx, New York, 10462. Members of the public are invited to attend. Parking is limited and public transportation is encouraged. We anticipate a large turnout for this event.
On Friday, April 26, 2019, at 11:00am, the funeral for Life Member and SSgt Christopher Slutman will be held at Saint Thomas Church, 1 W. 53rd Street, New York, NY 10019. If you plan on attending the funeral, please arrive two hours early. Seating is limited. Unfortunately, not all members of the public wishing to remember Chris will be permitted due to space. Please plan accordingly.
Following the funeral, there will be a southbound dignified transfer of SSgt and Life Member Slutman on Saturday, April 27th, 2019. Again, we are requesting honors to be rendered along the route. Further details on the timing of this will be released in the coming days.
We will send additional information regarding services honoring SSgt and Life Member Slutman as more details become available.
Thank you in advance to the members of the public, the press, and our emergency services family who have supported the Kentland family during this time. Your assistance and your remembrances of SSgt and Life Member Slutman are most appreciated.
FOX News report on the tragic loss of Christopher Slutman
The following article is from USA Today.