ARLINGTON, Va. (FOX 5 DC) - Staff Sgt. Christopher Slutman, who was killed on April 8 while serving with the U.S. Marine Corps in Afghanistan, was honored during his procession from New York to his burial place at Arlington National Cemetery.
Slutman had served with the New York City Fire Department for 15 years, was from Prince George's County and started his firefighting career in Maryland.
Many firefighters from around the region saluted Slutman from bridges and overpasses as the procession passed through area roads.
The firefighter and Marine, who was a married father of three, began his volunteer service at the Croom Fire/EMS Station where his father was a career firefighter, according to the Prince George's County Fire Department.
He then moved to volunteer at the District Heights Station before becoming a live-in member at the Kentland Volunteer Fire Department on Landover Road.
The Kentland Volunteer Fire Department said Slutman joined Company 33 in February 2000 and served as a lifetime member for 19 years. Slutman worked his way through the ranks, earning his way from wagon driver to captain, according to fire officials.
Slutman was also a career firefighter with the DC Fire Department for seven years before launching his career with FDNY, according to officials. Slutman's brother is currently a firefighter with the DC Fire Department.
Slutman was the recipient of the 2014 Fire Chief's Association Memorial Medal for rescuing an unconscious woman from a burning apartment building in the south Bronx.
The 43-year-old died April 8 near Bagram Airfield U.S military base, just three weeks before he was to return home. Two other members of Slutman’s Massachusetts-based Marine Reserve unit also were killed.
FOX 5 DC reported this story from Washington, D.C. FOX 5 NY contributed to this report.