EMT Dies After Bronx Man Steals Ambulance, Runs Her over
Mar 19 2017
Police said Gonzalez, who has 31 prior arrests, was high on drugs when he hopped on the back of Arroyo's ambulance as it drove through the Bronx on Thursday evening on its way to a routine medical call.
Overnight, her brothers and sisters of the FDNY saluted as Arroyo's body was removed from Jacobi Medical Center, where hours before they rushed to be with her.
When Arroyo pulled over, she and her partner exited the vehicle. Eventually, Arroyo grabbed the ambulance and was dragged; Gonzalez then backed up and ran her over, police said.
"The tragic death of EMT Yadira Arroyo is anothe grim reminder of the dangers that first responders face every day to keep us safe", Answer the Call Board Chairman Stephen Dannhauser said in a statement.
"The foundation encourages all to support our effort to give the children the life their loving mother envisioned for them", Tunnel to Towers said in a statement. Eventually a local Metropolitan Transportation Authority police K9 officer and a bystander brought down the suspect. He hit a parked, unoccupied 1997 Lincoln Town auto, then dragged Arroyo into the middle of the intersection, police said. Joel Rosado said, "She just saw the school down the block and she went for it".
Jose Gonzalez was charged Friday with two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of second-degree murder, first-degree manslaughter and first-degree robbery.
The 14-year fire department veteran became trapped underneath the wheels before the vehicle crashed into several parked cars, eventually getting stuck on a snowbank.
"A lot of heroism was on display today amidst the tragedy", de Blasio said.
On Twitter late Thursday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said "tonight's tragedy in the Bronx is frightful". "I'm innocent", Gonzalez said as he walked by. Nagi said Arroyo got out of the vehicle to check on the situation and left the door of the vehicle open.
At a bunting ceremony for Arroyo Friday, FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro said the whole department would be there for Arroyo's family.
It's a sad night for everyone in the department. Another medic, Anastasia Rabos, said Arroyo was a great mentor and friend and "a very humble person".
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