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An outpouring of support, outrage over FDNY EMS provider’s murder

As news of Lt. Alison Russo-Elling’s death spread, people took to social media to express their condolences



By Rachel Engel

NEW YORK CITY — Following the fatal on-duty stabbing of FDNY EMS Lt. Alison Russo-Elling this week, messages of condolences, outrage and shock flooded social media. Dozens of posts from public safety agencies and state and local officials, as well as fellow first responders, offered emotional support to Russo-Elling’s family, friends and EMS colleagues. Many decried the violence against first responders that has became a persistent battle in the last several years.

Gov. Kathy Hochul directed flags in the state to be flown at half-staff begining Friday until the conclusion of Russo-Elling’s funeral service.

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Rachel Engel is an award-winning journalist and the senior editor of and In addition to her regular editing duties, Engel seeks to tell the heroic, human stories of first responders and the importance of their work. She earned her bachelor’s degree in communications from Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma, and began her career as a freelance writer, focusing on government and military issues. Engel joined Lexipol in 2015 and has since reported on issues related to public safety. Engel lives in Wichita, Kansas. She can be reached via email.