Queens residents say ‘enough’ after FDNY vet stabbed to death, want to ‘defund the politicians’
Amidst the flowers at a heartfelt, makeshift memorial for beloved paramedic Alison Russo-Elling, some New York City residents are sending a strong and more pointed message: “Defund the Politicians. Enough is Enough. Justice for Alison.”
FDNY EMS Lt. Russo-Elling was on duty at Station 49 in Astoria, Queens, when she was allegedly charged, thrown to the ground, and stabbed approximately 20 times in a nearby, random attack in broad daylight on Thursday.
The officer, 61, had planned to retire in the coming months.
According to several news outlets, Lt. Russo-Elling was stabbed on her lunch break by a 34-year-old man who faces a murder charge as well as a charge for criminal possession of a weapon.
First responders rushed her to a nearby hospital where she tragically was pronounced dead.
— New York Post (@nypost) October 1, 2022
According to the New York Post, “A good Samaritan tried to intervene, but [the suspect] allegedly went after him with a knife in hand, yelling, ‘F–k you, f–k you!’ according to police sources. He then barricaded himself inside his apartment, near the scene of the stabbing, before police were able to take him into custody.”
Russo-Elling was described as the mother hen of the EMS station, i.e., someone who was always there for her colleagues, and a World Trade Center responder on 9/11. When off duty, she was a volunteer paramedic for her hometown on Long Island.
Former NYPD Captain Eric Adams got elected as crime-infested Gotham’s mayor (winning the Democrat Party primary was decisive in the deep blue city) on a law-and-order platform.
So far, however, the nightlife-loving mayor seems more interested in dealing with the real-world consequences of his sanctuary city policy, pushing other aspects of a woke agenda, and pursuing a celebrity lifestyle.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) October 1, 2022
Reacting to the FDNY lieutenant’s death, Adams said “Our hearts go out to the family, her colleagues and the city of New York. We lost one of our heroes.” He has vowed to hold the suspect accountable.
According to CBS New York, the suspect has “a history of schizophrenia.”
Surveillance video reportedly exists, but it has yet to be released.
Laura Kavanagh, the FDNY acting commissioner, described what happened as a “barbaric and completely unprovoked attack. Members of EMS serve only to help and save other people’s lives. To be attacked and killed in the course of helping others is both heartbreaking and enraging for our department in ways I cannot describe.”
During the mayoralty of Adams’ far-left predecessor Bill de Blasio, the city council cut, or redistributed, $1 billon from the NYPD budget when the defunding-the-police effort was still fashionable among woke activists.
Watch a report from ABC7 Eyewitness News during which Russo-Elling’s colleagues deliver emotional tributes to her legacy.
All suspects are presumed innocent until or unless they are convicted in a court of law of any alleged crimes.
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