Colorado Springs airman among seven killed in Iraq helicopter crash


The cause of the crash is now under investigation. Lieutenant Raguso was also with Division 13 in Queens.

Army Brig. Gen. Jonathan P. Braga, the director of operations for the combined task force leading the fight against ISIS in the region, said all personnel aboard the HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter were killed.

"The entire Flying Tiger Family is grieving the loss of Mark".

"I extend our deepest condolences and prayers to family, friends and fellow airmen during this hard time". He previously deployed to Iraq as a fire protection specialist with the 106th Civil Engineering Squadron, twice to Afghanistan with the 101st, once to the Horn of Africa, and to Texas and the Caribbean for Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

The four Airmen killed on March 15 brings the total number of New York National Guard members who have died in a combat zone since September 11, 2001 to 39. "Unfortunately, he's not coming home", Commack Fire Dept, Commissioner Steven Fontana said.

Airmen from the 106th Rescue Wing have deployed regularly to Afghanistan and Iraq and other areas in support of American and coalition combat missions since September 11, 2001. He joined the FDNY in 2004 and was promoted to fire marshal in 2013.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Friday that two members of the New York Fire Department were among those killed in the crash, later identified as Raguso and Zanetis. He was an attorney with a Manhattan law firm.

As previously reported by his family, Staff Sgt. Dashan Briggs, a 30-year-old Riverhead native, was among those killed Thursday.

-Capt. Andreas B. O'Keeffe, 37, of Center Moriches, New York.

Raguso, Briggs and O'Keefe were all from Suffolk County.

Helicopter clipped a power line causing the crash. They were members of the 106th Rescue Wing of the New York Air National Guard in Westhampton Beach. "The service members in this unit selflessly deploy around the world to provide combat search and rescue coverage for United States and allied forces", Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said Friday.

'This tragedy reminds us of the risks our men and women face every day in service of our nations'. "My honest condolences are with the family members and I ask that all New Yorkers keep them in your thoughts and prayers during this hard time". "My thoughts are with the family & loved ones of our fallen".

"Their sacrifice in service to our country will never be forgotten", the President tweeted.