Defense Department IDs 7 dead airmen from chopper crash in Iraq

4 servicemen from New York ID'd in Iraq helicopter crash

The cause of the crash remains under investigation. A Pentagon statement said the crash involved a Sikorsky HH-60 Pave Hawk and did not appear to be a result of enemy activity.

Four members of the 106 Rescue Wing at the Francis S. Gabreski Air National Guard Base in NY were also killed.

He joined the 106th Rescue Wing in 2013 after serving as an armament systems specialist with the 113th Wing, District of Columbia Air National Guard, and RC-26 pilot with the 174th Attack Wing, Hancock Field Air National Guard Base in Syracuse, officials said.

The Air Force helicopter was used for combat search and rescue and was traveling from one area to another when it went down Thursday afternoon near al-Qaim in Anbar Province, killing seven people.

Raguso and Zanetis were members of the New York City Fire Department, the first FDNY firefighters to die while in active military service since 2004, city officials said.

Saturday night Moody Airforce Base announcing the death of an airman from the 23rd Wing at Moody Air Force Base. "On behalf of all New Yorkers, I extend my deepest condolences to their families, loved ones, and fellow service members and FDNY members". He previously served in Afghanistan as a munitions system specialist with the 106th Maintenance Group, and completed missions in Texas and the Caribbean following Hurricanes Harvey and Irma past year.

Zanetis previously deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. Fire Marshal Zanetis was a resident of Long Island City and 10-year veteran. "They did rescue work here in the United States during the hurricanes just past year". According to the statement, he recently joined the law firm of Debevoise & Plimpton in New York City as an associate.

Capt. Andreas O'Keefe was a fulltime federal employee who previously deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan, the Horn of Africa and Texas for Hurricane Harvey.

-Staff Sgt. Dashan J. Briggs, 30, of Port Jefferson Station, New York.

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



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