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CHRISTOPHER J. RAGUSO: A HERO IN LIFE

A loss to our local community and to a proud nation, Chris Raguso dedicated a large part of his life to serving others.
By Fred Golofaro
CHRISTOPHER J. RAGUSO: A HERO IN LIFE
A 13-year FDNY veteran from Commack, NY, Christopher Raguso is survived by his wife, Carmella, and their two daughters, ages 5 and 6.

On Thursday, March 15, Long-time friend and Fisherman staffer John Raguso and his wife Laura got the news that every parent dreads. Their son Christopher, lost his life while on a mission near the Iraq/Syria border.

Chris, a member of the Air National Guard’s 106th Air Rescue Wing, was one of seven servicemen killed when their HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter, a modified Black Hawk, went down on March 15th.

The cause of the crash has not been determined but it is not believed to be the result of enemy action.

Chris, who celebrated his 39th birthday a day before the crash, was on his sixth tour to the Mid East and had promised his wife Carmella and parents that this would be his last tour. When Laura begged him not to go, he responded that “someone has to do it.”

Chris dedicated a large part of his life to serving others. As a lieutenant and 13-year veteran in the New York City Fire Department, he was recognized six times for heroism in the line of duty. He also served his community as a lieutenant in the Commack Fire Department. As a member of the Air National Guard’s elite 106th Air Rescue Wing, he served as a flight engineer and gunner on missions that involved rescuing U.S. and allied forces overseas, often in battle zones.

Everyone in The Fisherman family shares the grief of the many who new Chris and his family, which includes two daughters, aged 5 and 6. We extend our deepest sympathies and prayers to the Raguso family in lieu of words that are too difficult to express.

You can help contribute to the NYFD Stephen Siller Tunnel Too Towers Foundation which has committed $100,000 towards paying off his family’s mortgage and will add any additional donations to the balance.

The Clayton Funeral Home (25 Meadow Road, Kings Park, NY 11754 (631-269-6421) is handling the funeral arrangements but no times or dates have been established at the time of this writing. Check The Fisherman Facebook page for updates on wake and funeral arrangements.

Go here to send flowers or a personal message through the funeral home.