EMT Killed in Bronx, Partner Injured During Ambulance Theft
- Author: Joanne Flowers Mar 26, 2017,
Mar 26, 2017, 21:34
Arroyo's funeral is set for 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Nicholas of Tolentine Roman Catholic Church on University Avenue, not far from where she once lived in Fordham Heights.
The injured suspect missed his hearing at Bronx Criminal Courthouse on Wednesday, which was packed with Arroyo's FDNY grieving colleagues.
The mayor and Nigro both stressed that Arroyo was a hero, with de Blasio describing her as someone who represented "the best of New York City" and Nigro saying she was "the flawless person to bring the help that was needed".
"Yadi was an wonderful person", said Alvin Suriel, division commander for the Bronx overseeing FDNY EMS operations. Arroyo was working an extra shift responding to an emergency when she and her partner were told there was a man hanging on the back of the ambulance.
She worked out of Station 26 in Morrisania, and her supervisor, Captain Joseph Jefferson, said that her passing meant the station had lost "a rock".
The FDNY presented Arroyo's helmet to her grief stricken family.
Yadira Arroyo - 14-year veteran of New York Fire Department and mother of five sons. She will be buried at St. Raymond's Cemetery following the procession.
Thousands of mourners have packed a Bronx church for the funeral for an emergency medic killed last week when she was run over by her own ambulance. When the ambulance stopped, Gonzalez allegedly jumped off and tried to steal a backpack from someone passing by, according to the Daily News.
The last week has been grueling for friends and family of Arroyo.
The emotional toll of her tragic death was most evident on her EMT partner Monique Williams, whose sobs were audible as she stood in the church pulpit for a reading at the funeral.
Gonzalez has 31 prior arrests and four prior misdemeanors on his record, authorities say.
The accused carjacker, Jose Gonzalez, 25, is charged with murder, grand larceny and operating a motor vehicle while impaired by drugs, police said.