New York EMS staff stabbed to death in Queens
An EMS lieutenant was stabbed to death at New York’s Queens Thursday afternoon
Police say Alison Russo-Elling was stabbed multiple times
Alison Russo-Elling, 61, was among first responders during 9/11
An Emergency Medical Services (EMS) lieutenant was stabbed to death at New York’s Queens on Thursday afternoon, police said. Authorities say the attack was completely unprovoked. The EMT, identified as Lt. Alison Russo-Elling, 61, was stabbed multiple times by an assailant at the corner of 20th Avenue and 41st Street around 2:20 am, the New York Post reported.
Lt. Russo-Elling had been a first responder during the World Trade Centre attacks on September 11, 2001. She was on duty and was located half-block from Station 49 on the sidewalk when she was attacked, according to Chief of Detectives James Essig.
“At this point in the investigation there doesn’t appear to have been any prior contact between them,” a Fire Department of New York (FDNY) source told the New York Post. “He just walked toward her, sped up and then stabbed her to death.”
Lt. Russo-Elling was hospitalised where she died. The alleged assailant was arrested after a Good Samaritan chased him down and barricaded himself inside his nearby apartment, police said.
New York Fire Department (NYFD) Commissioner Laura Kavanagh said Russo-Elling’s death was heart-breaking adding that the veteran was stabbed in a “barbaric and completely unprovoked attack.”
New York City (NYC) Mayor Eric Adams said: “We lost a hero today. Alison Russo-Elling was a 25-year veteran of FDNY EMS. She was murdered on duty in an unprovoked attack. Her assailant is in custody. Lt. Russo-Elling gave so much for our city. Please keep her family and the FDNY in your prayers tonight.”
Lt. Russo-Elling was appointed to the FDNY as an EMT in March of 1998. She was promoted to Paramedic in 2002, and to Lieutenant in 2016. She has worked at multiple EMS stations, including Station 20, Station 17, Station 16, Station 45, Queens Tactical Response Group and Station 49, according to FDNY’s Instagram post on her death.
Russo-Elling is survived by her parents and her daughter. Funeral and wake information will be made available, the FDNY said.