2 Members Of The FDNY Among 7 Military Service Members Killed In Helicopter Crash In Iraq

March 16, 2018 - 4:25 pm

AL QAIM, Iraq (1010 WINS/AP) -- Two FDNY members were among seven U.S. service members killed when a helicopter they were riding in crashed in Iraq.

The crash is under investigation, but does not appear to be the result of enemy activity, the Pentagon said.

Members of the 106th Rescue Wing of the Air National Guard in Westhampton Beach, Long Island were among those killed.

The Pentagon has yet to release official information, but the FDNY confirmed that two of its members had been killed in the crash. NY Air National Guard Flight Engineer Christopher J. Raguso and Fire Marshal Christopher T. Zanetis

Raguso was also a Lieutenant in both the FDNY and Commack Fire Departments and Zanetis was a Fire Marshal with the FDNY.

The helicopter is used by the Air Force for combat search and rescue, and was in transit from one location to another when it went down Thursday afternoon near the town of Qaim in Anbar Province.
The Pentagon said an accompanying U.S. helicopter immediately reported the crash and a quick-reaction force comprised of Iraqi security forces and Coalition members secured the scene.

President Donald Trump offered his thoughts and prayers to the familes of the fallen service members on Friday.

Trump Tweeted that he is thinking of the "brave troops.'' He says "their sacrifice in service to our country will never be forgotten.''

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders says the crash appears accidental and says the crash is a reminder that American forces remain in harms way.