Fallen FDNY hero Christopher Raguso — killed in a helicopter crash in Iraq during a stint with the Air National Guard — often sought refuge from the haunting memories of his service aboard his boat.
Now, the family he left behind can try to do the same.
Fresh off a major overhaul — provided free of charge by a fellow volunteer firefighter — Raguso’s Edgewater 185 power boat was presented back to Raguso’s wife, two young daughters, and brother Sunday afternoon on Long Island.
“He’s seen a lot of death and destruction, and he had that thousand-yard stare a lot,” John Raguso told The Post of his late son.
“[But] the smile on his face was ear-to-ear as he took his wife and his two little girls out there and went water-skiing and clamming and catching sea robins, and just exploring. That’s what he loved to do,” he said.
The elder Raguso, 68, bought the 18-foot, fiberglass-hull boat as a Christmas gift for his son a few years back after he served a harrowing tour in Somalia.