Slain NYC medic’s son: ‘I know she didn’t die in vain’

Imperial Valley Press - - OPINION -

NEW YORK (AP) — The el­dest son of a fire depart­ment medic fa­tally run over by a stolen am­bu­lance urged her col­leagues and loved ones Satur­day to be hum­bled rather than sad in her mem­ory.

“See­ing ev­ery­one she af­fected, I know she didn’t die in vain,” Jose Montes, the el­dest of slain Fire Depart­ment emer­gency med­i­cal tech­ni­cian Yadira Ar­royo’s five sons, told the fam­ily mem­bers and col­leagues gath­ered at the Bronx sta­tion­house where the Stephen Siller Tun­nel to Towers Foun­da­tion an­nounced it was giv­ing $100,000 to the sons.

“I know my mother wouldn’t have wanted peo­ple to be sad to­day. She would rather ev­ery­one — if you could take some­thing from this, just let it hum­ble you,” said Montes, 24. “Just learn from this. Learn to hold your fam­ily closer ev­ery day, be­cause life is short.”

Mean­while, fire depart­ment an­nounced funeral ar­range­ments for Ar­royo, a 14-year vet­eran of its emer­gency med­i­cal ser­vices. Her wake will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thurs­day and Fri­day at the Joseph A. Luc­ch­ese Funeral Home. Her funeral is sched­uled for 11 a.m. March 25 at St. Ni­cholas of To­len­tine Ro­man Catholic Church. Both are in the Bronx.

Ar­royo, 44, and an­other EMT were re­spond­ing to a rou­tine med­i­cal call Thurs­day when 25-year-old Jose Gonzalez hopped on the back of the am­bu­lance, then darted into the driver’s seat and ran Ar­royo down af­ter a man on the street flagged the ve­hi­cle down to say Gonzalez had stolen his back­pack, author­i­ties said.

Gonzalez has been charged with mur­der. He told re­porters Fri­day he was in­no­cent, while his lawyer said he’s men­tally ill and didn’t act in­ten­tion­ally.

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