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EMS Captain Edgar Baez and Lieutenant Alison Russo used to respond to calls together in the Bronx decades ago
Chrystyne Sanchez is accused of fatally stabbing 25-year-old Charles Christian Reid, a wildland firefighter, in 2019
Vincent Variale, president of the Uniformed EMS Officers Union Local 3621, says Capt. Alison Russo might still be alive if someone had been with her
One person was detained by police, and several people were transported to nearby hospitals, including three who were listed in critical condition
Dozens of EMS providers watched from a courtroom gallery as Peter Zisopoulos entered his plea in a video feed from a Bellevue Hospital bed
“That man murdered my daughter, and she would be the first one to come to his aid if he needed help,” her father said at the service
The dangers to EMTs/medics are less well known to the general public than firefighting, even at times to the agencies where they work
Acting Commissioner Laura Kavanagh said Russo “mentored many new EMTs and paramedics, cared deeply for the communities she served, and set an incredible example”
“We are so sad,” said FDNY Chief of Department John Hodgens. “The members of her station looked up to [Alison Russo]. She kept them in line.”
Lt. Alison Russo-Elling joined the department as an EMT in 1998 and was promoted to paramedic in 2002 before becoming a lieutenant in 2016
As news of Lt. Alison Russo-Elling’s death spread, people took to social media to express their condolences
Unprovoked killing of Lt. Alison Russo-Elling is a tragic reminder that first responders are putting their lives at risk for choosing to serve their community
Lt. Alison Russo-Elling served New York for 25 years and responded to the 9/11 attack at the World Trade Center
Lt. Alison Russo-Elling (61) was stabbed multiple times, according to police
Evansville Fire Department Division Chief Mike Larson said the community loses out when firefighters are forced to be more cautious due to threat of violence