A memorial plaque will be displayed at the firehouse of Engine Company 302 Ladder Company 155 in Queens to honor the supreme sacrifice of their fallen brother, Lieutenant Chris Raguso.
"We promise to never forget Lt. Raguso all he stood for and all he sacrificed for our city and our country," said FDNY Chief of Department, John Sudnik.
During the plaque dedication ceremony on Saturday, The 13-year FDNY veteran was remembered for his passion to service.
He was commended six times for bravery during his career, was deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan, the horn of Africa, and is also credited with saving hundreds of lives in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. If that wasn't enough, he also served as a volunteer firefighter for his hometown of Commack, Long Island.
"If you look at all the things he did, he was always trying to make sure everyone else got back okay," said Mayor Bill de Blasio.
But last March, Raguso did not make it home alive. The 39-year-old was killed in a helicopter crash in Iraq, along with six other airmenm, while serving as a master sergeant in the New York Air National Guard.
His family and extended family in the FDNY say he died as he lived.
"On duty or off, Chris was completely focused on helping others and rescuing them from harm," said FDNY Commissioner, Daniel Nigro.
"Everything Chris did in life, he did to the max and to the best of his abilities. He knew first hand that life is short and now we know just how short that could be," said his father, John Raguso.
Raguso leaves behind his mother, father, and brother, and his wife Carmella and their two young daughters, Mila and Eva.
"I’ve learned that the pain I feel of losing my husband is nothing compared to the pain I feel as a mother, looking at my babies everyday and knowing they are hurting in silence… for their daddy. But daddy is always with us we just can’t see him. But he’s here and he’s with us," Carmella Raguso said during the ceremony.
She said she is finding solace that his spirit and his memory will be carried on by the firefighters who will serve the firehouse for generations to come, knowing his story marked in stone.