FDNY EMS Lt. Alison Russo was a September 11, 2001 first responder who devoted her life to serving the individuals of New York. Yesterday, whereas on responsibility, Russo was the sufferer of a random stabbing in Queens in broad daylight. She was taken Mt. Sinai hospital the place she was pronounced lifeless attributable to her accidents.
Mayor Eric Adams introduced that the assailant, Peter Zisopoulos, 34, has been apprehended and is being charged with homicide and legal possession of a weapon.
A longtime emergency medical employee with New York Metropolis’s fireplace division who was a primary responder on Sept. 11 was killed in an apparently random stabbing in broad daylight, police stated Thursday.
The stabbing occurred at roughly 2:15 p.m. in Queens, a couple of half-block from the station the place FDNY EMS Lt. Alison Russo-Elling was assigned, in line with police.
The 61-year-old Russo-Elling was carrying garments that may have recognized her as EMS personnel, officers stated, and was heading to a nook retailer to get one thing to eat when a 34-year-old man stabbed her a number of occasions. She was taken to a close-by hospital, the place she was pronounced lifeless.
Police didn’t speculate on a motive for the assault and didn’t instantly establish the suspect.
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Performing Hearth Commissioner Laura Kavanagh spoke in regards to the tragedy at a information convention.
“Because the Mayor stated, at 2:20 pm in the present day, Lt. Alison Russo was on responsibility at station 49. Whereas exterior her station, she was stabbed a number of occasions in a barbaric and utterly unprovoked assault.
Members of EMS serve solely to assist and save different individuals’s lives. To be attacked and killed in the midst of serving to others is each heartbreaking and enraging for our division in methods I can not describe.
Lt. Russo exemplified FDNY EMS. She served town for 25 years. She was a World Commerce Middle first responder. She was cited a number of occasions for her bravery and her life-saving work. And she or he was completely beloved on this job.
She is the 1158th of the FDNY to die within the line of responsibility, and the second member of EMS to die within the line of responsibility within the final 5 years.
Our hearts break for all the division and her household.”
NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell shared,
“Immediately our metropolis is grieving. The New York Metropolis Police Division stands united with the FDNY and all the metropolis of New York as we mourn the tragic lack of a devoted public servant. This lethal, mindless, broad-daylight assault on a uniformed EMT member is a direct assault on our society. It’s the newest consequence of the violence that we relentlessly combat in our metropolis.”
“We do know this. We are able to by no means tolerate this violence in our metropolis. It has to, and can, be stopped. And we are going to always remember the courageous men and women who put their lives on the road to maintain the remainder of us protected.”