A veteran FDNY Emergency Medical Technician and mother of five was killed last week when she was run over with her own ambulance by a man who had commandeered it in the Morris Park section of The Bronx. EMT Yadira Arroyo, 44, had 14 years on the job.
On March 16 around 7 p.m., Ms. Arroyo and her partner Monique Williams, 31, were on the way to a call when they were alerted that someone was riding on the back of their ambulance, Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro told reporters last week. When the two EMTs got out to survey the situation, Jose Gonzalez, 25, managed to slip into the driver’s seat after a struggle, and threw the rig into reverse, fatally hitting Ms. Arroyo. She was dragged for 15 feet as the suspect attempted to drive away before he lost control, jumping a curb and hitting a parked car.
MTA Cop Captured Him
A Metropolitan Transportation Authority Police Officer, Daniel McCabe, who just happened to be passing by, tackled Mr. Gonzalez with the help of some civilians. Ms. Arroyo’s partner Ms. Williams sustained minor injuries.
Mr. Gonzalez, who lived in a shelter, was charged with murder, grand larceny and a DWI.
Mayor de Blasio rushed to the Bronx and at a press conference hailed the EMT team as heroic. Ms. Arroyo, he said, was “bravely doing her job” saving lives yet was “subjected to violence.and danger that always exists for them.”
Ms. Arroyo had been en route to a call to aid a pregnant woman in Soundview. “She started her shift like every other day,” said Mr. de Blasio. The following day a large crowd of mourners turned out at Station 26, in the Bronx, Ms. Arroyo’s base, to stand at attention as the building’s façade was draped with purple and black bunting.
According to the FDNY, Ms. Arroyo is the eighth member of the EMS to be killed in the line of duty, and the third woman.