25-Year-Veteran Of The FDNY EMS Killed By Nutcase Left To Roam The Streets Of NYC

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A Fire Department of New York emergency medical technician was stabbed to death while on break Thursday afternoon in Queens.

A 25-year veteran of the FDNY, Alison Russo-Elling, went to get food while working at her EMS station.

At a press conference, New York City Police Department Chief James Essig said the suspect repeatedly stabbed Russo-Elling many times before fleeing and barricading himself in his home.

Essig said members of the NYPD’s Hostage Negotiating Team and Emergency Services Unit talked the suspect out of his apartment.

Charges are pending formal arraignment.

“This was a barbaric, unprovoked attack,” said Laura Kavanagh, acting FDNY commissioner.

“Being attacked and killed while helping others is both heartbreaking and enraging for our department. Lieutenant Russo exemplified the FDNY-EMS,” Kavanagh said. “For 25 years, she served this city. She was a first responder at the World Trade Center. Her courage and life-saving efforts were cited multiple times. She was loved by everyone at this job.”

Kavanagh said Russo-Elling was the 1,158th member of the FDNY to die in the line of duty.

“Our hearts break for our entire department and her family,” Kavanagh said.

It is the “latest consequence of our relentless fight against violence in our city,” according to NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell.

“We can never tolerate this violence in our city,” Sewell added. “It has to and will be stopped, and we will never forget the brave women and men who put their lives on the line to keep the rest of us safe.”

The ‘defund’ the police movement has been an absolute failure along with ‘no-cash’ bail reform which has left dangerous felons and mental cases free to terrorize law abiding citizens. Policy pushed and supported by democratic law makers need to be rolled back to a time when law and order was in place to keep violent criminals off the streets.

For more on this story, please consider these sources:

  1. Violent, unprovoked attacks have New Yorkers on edge: ‘There is something profoundly wrong’ – New York Daily News
  2. A New York EMT was stabbed to death while on her break in an ‘unprovoked attack’ – CNN
  3. FDNY EMT fatally stabbed while on duty in Queens: police – Spectrum News NY1
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