Yadira Arroyo died a hero when she tried to stop a thief who hopped into her ambulance as the veteran EMT was on her way to a call Thursday, FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro says.
The 44-year-old mother of five, who worked for 14 years at FDNY EMS station no. 26 in the Bronx, was mowed down by her own hijacked ambulance while she and her partner were on their way to a job.
Fire officials draped black and purple bunting over Arroyo’s stationhouse in a somber ceremony as uniformed officers saluted and bagpipers played “Amazing Grace.”
“We’re mourning a hero,” Nigro said. “We will, with her family, celebrate her life, we will mourn her death, we will stand strong together as this department has done for 152 years.”
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