EMT Stabbed To Death In Queens As She Was Grabbing Food

An EMT was stabbed by a crazy person on a Queens street Thursday afternoon. The attack was unprovoked and happened as the woman was going to get food, according to the police. Lt. Alison Russo-Elling, a 61-year-old veteran of the department who helped out at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, was stabbed multiple times at 20th Avenue and 41st Street around 2:20 p.m., according to police.

NYPD Chief of Detectives James Essig said that she was on duty at the time and was on the sidewalk near Station 49 when she was attacked. Authorities did not say what started the fighting, but they did say that the attack was “unprovoked.”

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An FDNY source said, “At this point in the investigation, it doesn’t look like they knew each other before.” “He just walked toward her, picked up speed, and then killed her with a knife.” The veteran of 25 years was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in critical condition, but police said he could not be saved. Essig said that the 34-year-old suspect was caught after a Good Samaritan chased him and he locked himself in his nearby apartment. Essig said that the police were able to calm him down and take him into custody on the third floor of the apartment.

EMT Stabbed To Death In Queens
EMT Stabbed To Death In Queens

One Astoria resident who lived close to the crime scene said she felt “terrible” for the officer. Connie Syrigos said, “God, what’s going on in this world? This is such a quiet area.” “Everyone here is a family, a good person who works, and this has never happened before. So I was very shocked when I saw this.” Acting FDNY Commissioner Laura Kavanagh said Russo’s death was “heartbreaking” and that she was stabbed in a “barbaric and completely unprovoked attack.”

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During a press conference, Mayor Eric Adams said, “We lost one of our heroes.” Late Thursday, the suspect, whose name was not made public, was being held at the 114th Precinct. There had been no word about charges. Camilla Groth, who lives on the same block as the crime scene and is 50 years old, said the man was a loner and “weird.” She first noticed him about two years ago, when she moved in.

“Loner. . . Groth said that her neighbor was “different, but not violent at all.” Groth said, “I’ve seen him on these side streets, like here or over there.” “Most of the time, I walk on the other side of the street. I didn’t want to talk to him or even meet him.

“He’s never been with anyone else. “Every time I saw him, he was by himself,” she said. In New York City, it’s not unusual for EMTs to be hurt. When her ambulance was stolen in the Bronx five years ago, it hit and killed Yadira Arroyo.

Jose Gonzalez, the man who is accused of killing her, was found to be fit to go to trial earlier this month. CBS News said Thursday that his court date is January 3, 2023.

In 2019, a drunk man being taken to Staten Island shot a 25-year-old EMT from Richmond University Medical Center. The man was in an ambulance. The same year the clock, a 20-year-old EMT was attacked. Last year, a crazed teenager is said to have attacked a brave paramedic while she was on the job. The teen allegedly bit her in the face.

On Thursday night, the flag at Station 49, where Russo worked, was lowered to half-mast, and first responders were seen gathering outside the station to mourn the loss of their colleague. Capt. Mike Daddona, an EMT, told The Post on Thursday outside the hospital that he and Russo had grown up together at work. He thought about how kind Russo was. “Has a good sense of humor. “She always had a smile for you,” he said. “She was always smiling, no matter what was going on.”

Andrew Ansbro, president of the FDNY-Firefighters Association, and Lt. James McCarthy, president of the FDNY-Fire Officers Association, said in a joint statement that they stand with “our brothers and sisters” in the department. “Alison Russo’s death is a sad reminder of the dangers that all FDNY and uniformed service members face,” they said. “Her killing for no reason makes every member of the FDNY sad.”

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