(Photo by David Greene)
Slain EMT Remembered
FDNY Remembers EMT Tragically Killed
By David Greene
BRONX- More than 100 off-duty fireman and paramedics joined friends and family members to remember a fallen EMT. Yadira Arroyo, 44, was murdered by a deranged man who attempted to steal her ambulance one year earlier.
Arroyo, a 14-year member of the FDNY died as she attempted to stop Jose Rodriguez from stealing the FDNY ambulance on March 16, 2017, at the corner of White Plains Road and Watson Avenue.
On March 16 members once again gathered at the intersection where she was killed. Oren Barzilay, President of The Uniformed EMT's, Paramedics and Inspectors Union Local 2507, told mourners, “On this day we mourn our loss and acknowledge our heroic actions, the heroic actions of all EMT's, paramedics and fire inspectors across our city who are keeping New Yorkers safe and secure.”
Barzilay continued, “We will continue our fight for justice against the murderer who took her away from her family, her kids and her extended FDNY family.”
He then told the family members in attendance, "We will always be with you guys.”
Members of Community Board # 9 are pushing for the renaming of a park in honor of Arroyo.
Rodriguez, 25, was charged with several crimes, including first degree murder and remains held without bail. Rodriguez is due back in court on April 4.