New York City EMT killed by man driving stolen ambulance


Ms Arroyo was a mother of five children and a 14-year fire department veteran.

Arroyo, 44, who was assigned to Station 26 in the Bronx, was killed Thursday night when a man took control of her ambulance and ran her over with it.

"Don't feel sorry for me because I know my mom is going to protect me from a higher place", Jose Montes, 23, told CBS2 Friday from the family's Bronx home. Gonzalez's most recent arrest was on February 25, when he was charged with criminal mischief for kicking out the window of a marked police van. His lawyer, Alice Fontier, said he has a severe mental illness. "Tonight's tragedy in the Bronx is disgusting", he said. He is being held without bail.

A Metropolitan Transportation Authority K-9 officer and another bystander then apprehended Mr Gonzalez. He is reportedly a member of the Bloods and has 31 prior arrests for offenses including assault and robbery.

Arroyo's brother and fellow EMT Joel Rosado says he became a medic to follow in her footsteps. Tunnel to Towers CEO Frank Siller said he wants to make sure Arroyo's five children are cared for. "This person had no business being in the ambulance".

When they got out of the ambulance confront Gonzales, police said he jumped into the driver's seat and sped off, hitting and killing Arroyo.

The man then slammed the ambulance into a parked auto and got stuck in a snowbank, Wilcox told reporters.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio arrived at the Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx, New York to check on the status of the two EMTs. "He reversed so hard and she was dragged", Nagi said. "It was devastating. It was their mother. They were very upset, but the eldest held it together for the others, and he gave them a handsome speech saying he was going to take care of his brothers and be a rock for them", she told The Post.

"They were acting very bravely, they certainly wanted to continue on their way to the call", New York City Fire commissioner Daniel Nigro said at a press conference Thursday night. Arroyo, he said, was extremely courageous. Joel Rosado said, "She just saw the school down the block and she went for it".

After the ceremony, Arroyo's station commander, FDNY Capt. Joseph Jefferson, remembered her as a dedicated member of the department.