Juliet Papa

'Celebration Of Life' Ceremony Honors FDNY Marshal Killed In Iraq

March 29, 2018 - 3:01 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Taps rang out in flag-trimmed Washington Square Park Thursday during a "Celebration of Life" ceremony in remembrance of U.S. Air Force Major and FDNY Fire Marshal Christopher "Tripp" Zanetis who was killed in an American military helicopter crash in Iraq on Thursday, March 15.

The helicopter was used by the Air Force for combat search and rescue and was in transit from one location to another when it went down near the town of Qaim in Anbar Province.

Along with Zanetis, three other Air National Guard members based on Long Island -- Master Sgt. Christopher J. Raguso, 39, of Commack, Tech. Sgt. Dashan J. Briggs, 30, of Port Jefferson Station and Capt. Andreas B. O’Keeffe, 37, of Center Moriches were also killed. They are all being honored and remembered over the next several days.

A funeral was held in Westhampton for Briggs and a wake is scheduled today and Friday for Raguso.  His funeral Mass is scheduled for Saturday.  He served in both the FDNY and Commack Fire Department.

A funeral will be held next week for O'Keeffe in Tampa.

"It seems to me we lost a superman. We lost someone who was endowed with some amazing ability," said Mayor Bill de Blasio at the memorial service.

Zanetis was an accomplished attorney, major in the National Guard Air Force, joined the FDNY and then became Fire Marshal, who ran to aid first responders on 9/11.

A procession for Zanetis went from his firehouse to Washington Square Park. Firefighters and National Guardsmen and women lined up as far as the eye could see, 1010 WINS' Juliet Papa reported.

It was a life of service after 9/11 and a death in service in Iraq, Papa reported.

Zanetis is survived by his parents, John and Sarah, of Carmel, Indiana.

Zanetis is a 10-year veteran of the FDNY. He is survived by his parents, John and Sarah, of Carmel, Indiana.