YORK, Pa. (WJZ) -- Benjamin S. Hines, a sergeant with the U.S. Marines, was killed along with two others in a Taliban attack near an American base in Afghanistan.
Hines, 31, of York, Pa., was killed in a roadside bomb attack during a convoy near the Bagram Airfield.
Cpl. Robert A. Hendriks, 25, of Locust Valley, New York and Staff Sgt. Christopher K.A. Slutman, 43, of Newark, Delaware, were the two other American marines killed.
Slutman was recently deployed to Afghanistan.
His father, a firefighter in Prince George's County, was left heartbroken.
"I went and turned the porch light on," he said. "I opened the door, saw him in uniform, and said, 'This is not good.'"
Fletcher Slutman said that his impact was beyond powerful.
"We went through everything, explained everything," he said. "He was always positive, always doing things for people and everything like that. You felt good with him."
Slutman graduated from Frederick Douglass High School in Upper Marlboro. He leaves behind a wife and three daughters.
He is considered a lifetime member of the volunteer fire company in Kentland, Md., in Prince George's County.
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