New York EMT killed by stolen ambulance


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He has two dozen prior arrests, including criminal mischief, assault as well as marijuana possession and sale. He was led out of the 43rd precinct in handcuffs around 4:30 a.m. Friday as EMTs stared him down.

A member of the transport police subdued the 25-year-old suspect helped by a member of the public.

Arroyo, who worked out of Station 26 in Morrisania, is the eighth FDNY EMT to die on the line of duty, and the third woman, Commissioner Daniel Nigro said. He kept going backwards, hitting two occupied cars, a 2014 Honda Pilot and a 2007 Toyota Camry. "He reversed so hard and she was dragged, he ran over her and she went under the wheels", Nagi said, New York Times reported. Gonzalez, in turn, got into the driver's side.

"So, they stopped the ambulance, they got out to see what was happening". A K-9 officer and several bystanders prevented the man from fleeing.

Arroyo's partner suffered minor injuries while struggling with the suspect, according to police.

On Thursday night, dozens of ambulances, some with their lights flashing, lined the roads leading to the trauma center at the medical center.

A passing motorist alerted the EMTs to the man riding on the back of the ambulance, he said.

The EMT who died was identified as Yadira Arroyo.

Colleagues of an emergency medical technician run over by her own ambulance are remembering their colleague as a warmhearted professional who did her job with grace. They do crucial work - they save lives - but they should not ever have to be subjected to violence.

"Our fire department is certainly no stranger to tragedy", he said.

Arroyo had worked for the FDNY for 14 years and had five children, Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a news conference at the hospital.

Funeral arrangements had yet to be scheduled as of Friday morning.

Another EMT, Anastasia Rabos, says Arroyo was a great friend and colleague and was a very humble person.

Jose Gonzalez has been charged with three counts of murder, grand larceny, and operating a motor vehicle impaired by drugs, the NYPD in a statement.

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