FDNY firefighters among dead in military helicopter crash in Iraq


Two FDNY firefighters were among the seven US service members killed in a helicopter crash Thursday in Iraq, department sources told The Post.

The smoke-eaters — a lieutenant and a fire marshal, whose names are being withheld pending family notification — were aboard the HH-60 Pave Hawk military chopper that went down Thursday near al-Qaim, a town in western Iraq near the Syrian border.

All seven service members aboard were killed in the crash, which is under investigation but does not appear to be the result of enemy fire, the Pentagon said Friday.

At least some of the deceased were members of the Air National Guard’s 106th Rescue Wing, based out of Westhampton Beach, Long Island, Newsday reported Friday, citing sources.

The 106th Rescue Wing specializes in rescue missions in both the US and abroad.

An accompanying US helicopter reported the crash, and a force comprised of Iraqi security forces and coalition service members secured the scene.

An FDNY spokesman had no immediate comment.


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