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BAGHDAD — Four of the seven service members killed when a U.S. helicopter crashed in Iraq on Thursday have been identified as New York residents, the Department of Defense said Saturday.

The four service members were part of a seven-member team who died when the HH-60G Pave Hawk rescue helicopter they were flying crashed near the city of Al-Qa'im in western Iraq.

Two of the victims were identified as New York City firefighters on Friday.

Commack Fire Department identified one of the victims as Christopher Raguso. The 39-year-old was a flight engineer in the Air National Guard, a lieutenant with their department and in the FDNY. Lieutenant Raguso was also with Division 13 in Queens.

"Chris was always there to help anyone with anything, he would never say no," the department said, calling Raguso "a great American Patriot, friend and brother."

Fire Marshal Christopher T. “Tripp” Zanetis, 37, of the Bureau of Fire Investigation also died in the crash. Fire Marshal Zanetis was a resident of Long Island City and 10-year veteran.

Two more victims have been identified as:

Andreas O'Keeffe, 37, a resident of Center Moriches. O'Keeffe was an HH-60G Pave Hawk pilot and a full-time federal civilian employee. He was deployed to Iraq three times, to Afghanistan, the Horn of Africa and to Texas during Hurricane Harvey.

Dashan Briggs, 30, a resident of Port Jefferson Station. He was an HH-60G special missions aviation flight engineer. He was a full time military member and has previously been deployed to Afghanistan, to Texas for Hurricane Harvey and to the Caribbean for Hurricane Irma.

The three other victims were identified by the Pentagon as Mark K. Weber, 29, William R. Posch, 36, and Carl P. Enis, 31.

Weber was from Colorado and was assigned to the 38th Rescue Squadron at Moody Air Force Base in Georgia.. Posch and Enis both worked at the Patrick Air Force Base in Florida.

Pentagon officials have said there were no indications the helicopter had been shot down. In their initial statements, officials said the helicopter, which is used by the Air Force for combat search and rescue, was in transit when it went down.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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