Gov. Andrew Cuomo has ordered flags at all state government buildings to be flown at half-staff on Monday.
Governor Andrew Cuomo has ordered flags at all state government buildings to be flown at half-staff on Monday in honor of the four New York national Guard members who were killed in a helicopter crash in Iraq last Thursday.
"On behalf of all New Yorkers, I extend my deepest condolences to the friends and family of these courageous New York National Guard members," Governor Cuomo said in a press release. "We join their loved ones and fellow service members in honoring the sacrifice they have made, so that others may live free in New York and across the entire nation."
The four members of the New York Air national Guard were part of the 106th Rescue Wing, which specializes in the air, land and sea rescue of pilots and other service members. The helicopter carrying Captain Christopher Zanetis, Captain Andreas O'Keeffe, Master Sgt. Christopher Raguso, Staff Sgt. Dashan Briggs and three others crashed near the Iraqi city of Qaim on Thursday, killing the service members.
All four New Yorkers were from Long Island.