FDNY EMT Killed by Stolen Ambulance

Mar 18, 2017, 00:58
FDNY EMT Killed by Stolen Ambulance

An emergency medical technician was killed and another was injured after they were run over with their own ambulance in NY.

Jose Gonzalez, 25, of Creston Avenue had been riding on the bumper of the ambulance at White Plains Road and Watson Avenue about 7 p.m. Thursday when a motorist alerted the crew, police said.

The New York City Fire Department is mourning the loss of an emergency medical technician and mother of five who died Thursday night after she was run over by her own ambulance.

The second EMT, a 30-year-old woman, suffered minor injuries, and is listed in stable condition. He told NBC 4 NY he lived with his mother and his uncle in Arroyo's apartment on Creston Avenue; Montes said his siblings range in age from 7 to 23.

They stopped and got out of the ambulance to investigate. She and her partner pulled over and she got out of the vehicle after noticing the hanger-on had stolen a backpack.

The man, identified as Gonzalez, then jumped into the driver's seat, scuffling with the EMT in the passenger's seat, Wilcox told reporters. They do crucial work, they save lives.

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"This person has no business being in this ambulance", he said.

When Arroyo, 44, and her unidentified partner got out to confront him, he powered past them, hopped into the vehicle and started to drive off, the sources said.

Arroyo reportedly grabbed onto the ambulance and was dragged.

At last night's press conference, NYPD Deputy Chief Jason Wilcox unpacked the incident for reporters: "At the intersection, the ambulance then proceeds forward, crashing into a parked vehicle on the other side of the street and also getting stuck in the snow bank with the tires spinning, causing smoke to come out". A K-9 officer and several bystanders prevented the man from fleeing.

"Knowing she was out there gave us the peace and understanding that the right thing was going to be done, every single time", he said. "A lot of heroism was on display today amidst a real tragedy", the mayor said Thursday night.