2 FDNY firefighters among 7 killed in Iraq helicopter crashPosted: Updated:
Two FDNY firefighters were among seven service members killed in a helicopter crash in Iraq.
FDNY officials announced Friday that Lt. Christopher Raguso and fire marshal Christopher "Tripp" Zanetis were among the dead in the helicopter crash.
It is with deep regret that FDNY announces the deaths of Lt. Christopher J. Raguso and Fire Marshal Christopher T. Zanetis. Lt. Raguso and Fire Marshal Zanetis died in an American military helicopter crash in Iraq on Thursday, March 15. Read more: https://t.co/n15usUsTaL pic.twitter.com/3LNqHBowxn— FDNY (@FDNY) March 16, 2018
"They are truly two of New York City’s bravest – running into danger to protect and defend others, both in our city and in combat overseas. " Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a tweet.
Today, we mourn the deaths of FDNY Lieutenant Christopher J. Raguso and FDNY Fire Marshal Christopher T. “Tripp” Zanetis, who were killed in an American military helicopter crash in Iraq on Thursday, March 15.— Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) March 16, 2018
The Pentagon has not released much information about the crash, but says the helicopter crashed in western Iraq, killing seven on board. The United States military chopper was used by the Air Force for combat search-and-rescue missions.
Officials say the crash does not appear to be the result of enemy activity, but the cause is still under investigation. They say the chopper was in transit from one location to another when it crashed Thursday afternoon.
Officials say a second helicopter escorting the downed chopper reported the crash.
President Donald Trump tweeted about the crash, saying "their sacrifice in service to our country will never be forgotten."
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and loved ones of the brave troops lost in the helicopter crash on the Iraq-Syria border yesterday. Their sacrifice in service to our country will never be forgotten.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 16, 2018
Associated Press wires contributed to this report.