Kentland Volunteer Firefighter, US Marine Dies In Afghanistan

A firefighter from the Kentland Volunteer Fire Department (KVFD) died in Afghanistan on Monday while serving as a staff sergeant with the United States Marine Corps. Christopher Slutman was a 19-year member of the fire department, according to KVFD. Since joining Company 33 in 2000, he climbed the department’s ranks from firefighter to Wagon Driver to Captain. He is remembered as a father, husband and life member of the KVFD.

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Christopher Slutman was a 19-year member of the Kentland Volunteer Fire Department.
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Since joining Company 33 in 2000, Slutman climbed the department’s ranks from firefighter to wagon driver to captain.
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Slutman was also a member of the New York City Fire Department, KVFD said, where he served in the Bronx as a member of Ladder 27.
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Slutman received the Fire Chiefs Association Memorial Medal for his actions on a multiple-alarm fire in July 2013.
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The Taliban claimed responsibility for Slutman's death, saying that one of its suicide bombers detonated a vehicle near the NATO base.
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"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," a news release from the KVFD chief said.
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The KVFD said it will release details regarding funeral arrangements for Slutman should more information become available.
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