Lt. Alison Russo: What we know about EMT Stabbed to Death in Queens

Authorities said an EMT was stabbed by a maniac on a Queens street Thursday afternoon in an unprovoked attack as she went to get food.

An assailant stabbed Lt. Alison Russo-Elling, a 61-year-old department veteran who was a World Trade Center responder on Sept. 11, 2001, more than 20 times at 20th Avenue and 41st Street around 2:20 p.m., police said.

In shocking surveillance footage from the scene, Russo-Elling is knocked to the ground by a knife-wielding lunatic who stabs her repeatedly while she lies helpless on the concrete.

She was on duty at the time and was on the sidewalk about a half-block away from Station 49 when she was attacked, according to NYPD Chief of Detectives James Essig.

Officials did not give details about what sparked the violence, but authorities said the attack was “unprovoked.”

“At this point in the investigation there doesn’t appear to have been any prior contact between them,” an FDNY source said. “He just walked toward her, sped up and then stabbed her to death.”

The 25-year veteran was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital in critical condition but could not be saved, police said.

Lt. Alison Russo

The alleged perp, 34, was apprehended after being chased by a Good Samaritan and barricaded himself inside his nearby apartment, according to Essig.

Essig said that police were able to talk him down and take him into custody on the third floor of the apartment.

One person who lived in the area near the crime scene in the Astoria area said she felt “terrible” for the officer.

“God, what’s going on in this world because this is such a quiet area,” said Connie Syrigos. “This is all families here, decent people, working people, and this never happened before. So when I saw this I was very surprised.”

FDNY Acting Commissioner Laura Kavanagh called Russo’s death “heartbreaking,” adding she was stabbed in a “barbaric and completely unprovoked attack.”

“We lost one of our heroes,” Mayor Eric Adams said during a press briefing.

The suspect, whose name was not released, was being held late Thursday at the 114th Precinct. There had been no announcement of charges.

Camilla Groth, 50, who lives on the same block as the crime scene, described the man as a loner and “weird,” and said she first noticed him about two years ago when she moved in.

“Loner. . .  Something off but completely non-violent” Groth described her neighbor. “I’ve passed him on these side streets like here or over there,” Groth said, gesturing. “I typically go to the other side of the street. I didn’t want to meet him or say hi or anything.

“I’ve never seen him with another person. He was always by himself when I saw him,” she added.

Violence against EMTs is not unheard of in the Big Apple. Five years ago, Yadira Arroyo was struck and killed by her own ambulance after it was stolen in the Bronx.

Jose Gonzalez, the man accused of killing her, was found fit to stand trial earlier this month. According to CBS News, his trial date is set for January 3, 2023.

Lt. Alison Russo

In 2019, a 25-year-old Richmond University Medical Center EMT was shot in an ambulance while being transported on Staten Island by an inebriated man. A 20-year-old EMT was attacked while on the job the same year.

Another brave paramedic was brutally attacked on the job last year by a crazed teenager who allegedly bit her in the face.

The flag at Station 49, where Russo worked, was lowered to half-mast on Thursday evening, as first responders gathered outside the station to mourn the loss of their colleague.

EMT Capt. Mike Daddona told The Post outside the hospital Thursday he and Russo grew up together on the job. He remembered Russo for her kindness.

“Great sense of humor. She always greeted you with a smile,” he said. “No matter what was going on, she had a smile.”

In a joint statement, FDNY-Firefighters Association President Andrew Ansbro and FDNY-Fire Officers Association President Lt. James McCarthy said in a joint statement they stand in solidarity with “our brothers and sisters” in the department.

EMT Capt. Mike Daddona told The Post outside the hospital Thursday he and Russo grew up together on the job. He remembered Russo for her kindness.

“Great sense of humor. She always greeted you with a smile,” he said. “No matter what was going on, she had a smile.”

In a joint statement, FDNY-Firefighters Association President Andrew Ansbro and FDNY-Fire Officers Association President Lt. James McCarthy said in a joint statement they stand in solidarity with “our brothers and sisters” in the department.

source:nsemwokrom.com