NEW YORK — The eldest son of a hearth division medic fatally run over by a stolen ambulance urged her colleagues and family members Saturday to be humbled quite than unhappy in her reminiscence.
“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 5 sons, advised the relations and colleagues gathered on the Bronx stationhouse the place the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation introduced 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,” stated Montes, 24. “Just learn from this. Learn to hold your family closer every day, because life is short.”
Meanwhile, the hearth division introduced funeral preparations for Arroyo, a 14-year veteran of its emergency medical companies. Her wake will probably be from 2 p.m. to four p.m. and from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday on 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 one other EMT had been responding to a routine medical name Thursday when 25-year-old Jose Gonzalez hopped on the again of the ambulance, then darted into the driving force’s seat and ran Arroyo down after a person on the road flagged the car all the way down to say Gonzalez had stolen his backpack, authorities stated.
Gonzalez has been charged with homicide. He advised reporters Friday he was harmless, whereas his lawyer stated he’s mentally sick and didn’t act deliberately.
Arroyo was a devoted EMT who responded to calls even throughout bronchial asthma assaults and was a mom determine to her co-workers, colleagues have stated.
The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, named for a firefighter killed in the Sept. 11 terror assaults, honors first responders and navy members.
The donation is to be put in a belief for Arroyo’s sons. The youngest is 7.
“Me and my brothers, we’re all going to stick together,” Montes stated. “We’re going to be here for each other and support each other in every single way.”