Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Four members of the New York Air National Guard’s Westhampton Beach-based 106th Rescue Wing were among seven US service members killed Thursday in a helicopter crash in Iraq, officials confirmed Saturday.They included Capt. Andreas O’Keeffe, 37, of Center Moriches, 30-year-old Staff Sgt. Dashan Briggs of Port Jefferson Station, 39-year-old Master Sgt. Christopher Raguso of Commack and Capt. Christopher Zanetis, 37, of Long Island City.“This loss reminds us of the tremendous risks we take in serving our nation every day,” said Major General Anthony German, the Adjutant General of New York. “We honor their service, their professionalism, and their sacrifice as we mourn their loss.”The airmen died when the HH-60 Pave Hawk—a search and rescue helicopter that is a modified version of the Army’s UH-60 Blackhawk—they were flying crashed near the city of Al-Qa’im, officials said. There is no evidence of enemy action involved in the crash and the incident is under investigation, according to the Department of Defense. The 106th Rescue Wing is based at the F.S. Gabreski Air National Guard Base.The New York City fire department said Raguso was a 13-year FDNY veteran of Division 13 in Queens and Zanetis was an FDNY fire marshal in Bureau of Fire Investigation’s Citywide South in Brooklyn with a decade on the job. Raguso was also a volunteer with the Commack Fire Department.“They are truly two of New York City’s bravest – running into danger to protect and defend others, both in New York City and in combat overseas,” said NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio.All four had previsously served tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and were assigned to the 106th Rescue Wing’s 101st Rescue Squadron, which had helped rescue survivors of hurricane Harvey and Irma last year. They were operating in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, the American-led coalition operation to defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria.“The service members in this unit selflessly deploy around the world to provide combat search and rescue coverage for United States and allied forces,” Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said. “This tragedy serves as a stark reminder of the sacrifices our heroes in uniform face every day. My sincere condolences are with the family members and I ask that all New Yorkers keep them in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”Also killed were Master Sergeant William R. Posch, 36, of Indialantic, Florida, Staff Sergeant Carl P. Enis, 31, of Tallahassee, Florida, both of whom were assigned to the 308th Rescue Squadron, Air Force Reserve, at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida, as well as Captain Mark K. Weber, 29, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, who was assigned to the 38th Rescue Squadron at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia.
MIAMI — Malachi Richardson pulled up 2 feet behind the 3-point line.Syracuse had been up by as many as 12, but now trailed by five. It was on the verge of starting 2016 much like it ended 2015, with a second-half meltdown.Then Richardson swished the shot from beyond the left wing. It was the fifth of his five 3-pointers. To that point, he’d yet to miss from long range. On a day when Syracuse struggled to shoot, Richardson was keeping Syracuse in the game.“It’s a great feeling, just to see the ball go in the net early,” Richardson said. “That’s something I had to work on, getting into the game a little bit earlier than I have.”In Syracuse’s first four losses of the season, Richardson had shot just 2-of-27 overall from behind the arc. On Saturday, he was 5-of-6 with a career-high 20 points in the Orange’s (10-5, 0-2 Atlantic Coast) 64-51 loss to No. 13 Miami (12-1, 1-0) on Saturday afternoon at the Bank United Center. Richardson also added six rebounds.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIt’s been typical that Richardson has shot the Orange out of its losses, but in this 64-51 defeat to Miami, he actually kept Syracuse afloat.“He got us going,” SU guard Trevor Cooney said. “Without him, it would have been a different game. It was good to see him going, to make some plays and make some shots.”He hit his first 3 of the game just over three minutes in when an offensive rebound went all the way out to Michael Gbinije, who tossed to his left where Richardson was open. Then he got another 3 off a Tyler Roberson offensive rebound to make it 13-9.When the Hurricanes had scored six straight points in the waning moments of the first half, a drive down the baseline and a frenetic Richardson layup extended the Syracuse’s lead back to eight. When SU got down by seven in the second half, his 3-pointer and free throw two possessions later helped the Orange get the lead back.Richardson showed that he’s capable of being the best player on the floor. On Saturday, though, that wasn’t enough to change the result.“I thought Malachi Richardson was a go-to guy tonight,” interim SU head coach Hopkins said. “He made some plays that were big for us. He was really aggressive, and it was great to see that from him because he hadn’t been that player in a while.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Related Stories Gallery: Syracuse loses to No. 13 Miami, 64-51Michael Gbinije: ‘I thought it was poor officiating today’Fast reaction: 3 takeaways from Syracuse’s 64-51 loss at MiamiThe last time Syracuse men’s basketball started conference play 0-2Grade Syracuse’s performance against No. 13 Miami and pick a player of the game Published on January 2, 2016 at 7:01 pm Contact Sam: [email protected] | @SamBlum3