Killed NYC rescuer remembered as dedicated, selfless

BROOKVILLE, NY (AP) – An experienced New York City emergency responder who died in an unprovoked stabbing was remembered Wednesday by family members and colleagues as committed to helping other people.

Lt. Alison Russo-Elling, 61, was on duty last week when she was stabbed multiple times near her station in Queens. She was on her way to a corner store to get something to eat. A 34-year-old man has been charged with her murder.

She was hailed at her funeral for responding to thousands of emergency calls with the fire service in 25 years, and as one of the World Trade Center’s first responders on September 11, 2001.

“She was a hero then, she’s a hero now,” Mayor Eric Adams said.

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