Masses accrued at a long Island church Saturday morning to honor a FDNY member-became-soldier who was killed in a military helicopter crash in Iraq.
Close pals, circle of relatives and colleagues of Air National Defend flight engineer and FDNY lieutenant Christopher J. Raguso wore pins with a black ribbon and American Flag to make sure a spot within the small St. Joseph’s Church in Kings Park.
Others coated Church Street out of doors the holy space retaining American flags.
The memorial, which started at ELEVEN a.m., is being held on the similar church the place Raguso, 39, and his wife Carmella, had been married and their two daughters, a while FIVE and 6, have been baptized.
FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro and Lieutenant Christopher Gorzynski are slated to present eulogies.
The FDNY veteran from Commack, L.I., who served at Engine 249/Ladder 113 for 11 years, died remaining week when his Pave Hawk helicopter struck a power line and crashed alongside the Syrian border.
Raguso used to be on military depart from the FDNY on what was alleged to be his ultimate tour of duty and he died the day after his thirty ninth birthday.
Two different Ny locals had been killed within the crash — Staff Sgt. Dashan Briggs, 30, of Port Jefferson Station, and Capt. Andreas O’Keeffe, 37, of Middle Moriches.