9/11 First Responder Murdered In Unprovoked Stabbing In NYC

FDNY veteran, and 9/11 first responder, killed in “barbaric and completely unprovoked” New York City stabbing – CBS News

A 34-year-old man stabbed a FDNY member multiple times while she was getting food during her break. He was taken into custody and charged with murder.

Lt. Alison Russo-Elling, 61, was stabbed multiple times while on duty in Queens, New York City Mayor Eric Adams said. A 34-year-old man was arrested and charged with murder and criminal possession of a weapon.

Her attacker barricaded himself inside his apartment building on 41st Street, but was talked out by the Hostage Negotiating Team and Emergency Service Unit.

A statement was released by FDNY Commissioner Laura Kavanagh about this brutal crime:

”The attack on Lt. Russo-Elling, a World Trade Center first responder, was barbaric and completely unprovoked. She exemplified FDNY EMS and was absolutely beloved on this job.”’

The investigation into the attack on Russo-Elling is ongoing, police said. She served as a World Trade Center first responder on 9/11 and was “absolutely beloved” on the job, said FDNY Commissioner Laura Kavanagh.

Russo-Elling was the 1,158th member of the FDNY to die in the line of duty and the second member of EMS to die in the last 5 years.

FDNY members paid their respects to slain EMS Lt. Alison Russo-Elling at Mount Sinai Queens Hospital on Thursday night.


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