FDNY EMS lieutenant fatally stabbed on duty

Lt. Alison Russo-Elling (61) was stabbed multiple times, according to police


While original reports noted Lt. Alison Russo-Elling was rendering aid to a patient when a relative of the patient stabbed her, more recent reports note Russo-Elling was heading to a corner store on duty when she was attacked. A man has been arrested and charged with Russo-Elling's murder and criminal possession of a weapon. 

Read more as Lexipol Editorial Director Greg Friese, MS, NRP, writes how the unprovoked killing of Lt. Alison Russo-Elling is a tragic reminder that EMS providers are putting their lives at risk for choosing to serve their community.

Thomas Tracy and Elizabeth Keogh
New York Daily News

NEW YORK — An EMS lieutenant was stabbed to death giving aid to a patient in Queens Thursday, officials said.

The 61-year-old medic was attacked responding to a call on 20th Avenue near 41st Street in Astoria about 2:30 p.m., authorities said.

She was rendering aid to a patient when an emotionally disturbed relative of the patient stabbed her multiple times in the neck, police sources said.

The EMS lieutenant, a 20-plus year veteran of the New York Fire Department, was rushed to Mount Sinai Queens where she died. Her name was not immediately released.


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