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Wake Held For Firefighter Killed In Iraq


Thousands of firefighters are expected to turn out this week to mourn one of their own killed while serving in Iraq.

A wake for National Guard Sergeant Chris Engeldrum will be held Tuesday and Wednesday at the Schuyler Funeral Home in the Bronx. His funeral will be Thursday.

The 39-year-old was a member of Ladder Company 61 in the Bronx, and earlier he was also police officer in the 47th Precinct.

Engeldrum died last week when a bomb exploded under his Humvee in Baghdad.

He was a father of two boys, and his wife is pregnant with their third child.

Meanwhile, another local soldier is being mourned. Military officials say Bronx-born Staff Sergeant Henry Irizarry was killed Friday, also when a bomb went off near his Humvee.

The 38-year-old had moved to Connecticut recently. According to published reports, the married father of four had hoped to be home on leave for Christmas.

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