Slain EMT Was a Mother of Five Who Loved Her Job

Emergency staffers attend to the EMTs struck by an ambulance in the Bronx

Gonzalez was charged with three counts of murder, grand larceny and operating a motor vehicle while impaired, the Post reports, and an arraignment is scheduled for Friday.

Fontier says "whatever may have happened here, none of his actions were intentional".

The man, identified as Gonzalez, then jumped into the driver's seat, scuffling with the EMT in the passenger's seat, Wilcox told reporters.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio praised the "good Samaritans" who helped out.

Jose Gonzalez appeared in court Friday.

Gonzalez then reportedly frantically drove straight into a parked auto before being arrested.

Leaving her body in the roadway, Gonzalez tried to turn left on Watson Avenue, but hit two other parked cars. "Yadi was the matriarch of the station", Lt. George Lampon said, choking back tears during a somber ceremony at Arroyo's stationhouse.

"[Arroyo] died doing what she loved", said her sister-in-law, Monica Salazar. "My prayers go out to her and her family".

An emergency medical technician in New York City was killed Thursday when she was struck and dragged by her own ambulance that had just been stolen, police said.

Yadira Arroyo was killed Thursday.

Governor Andrew Cuomo said paramedics are "heroes who help countless New Yorkers every day".

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The devastated sons of FDNY medic Yadira Arroyo said they don't want pity - because they know their mom will always be watching over them.

Salazar says the 44-year-old victim loved her job.

Arroyo was the matriarch of her station, Lt. George Lampon said, according to CNN affiliate WCBS.

Arroyo, a mother of five and 14-year FDNY veteran, was rushed to Jacobi Medical Center where she was pronounced dead, police said. As he was escorted by police from the 43rd Precinct early Friday morning, Gonzalez muttered to himself with EMTs silently watching him being put into a waiting police cruiser.

A passing motorist alerted the EMTs to the man riding on the back of the ambulance, he said. She was injured in at attempt to fight off the suspect.

Witnesses held down the carjacker, 25, for police, authorities said.

Video from the chaotic scene shows the driver motionless on the ground as her partner leans over her, crying and yelling, "My partner!"

"We know our EMTs are fearless and do crucial work, they save lives, they should not ever have to be subjected to violence, yet the danger always exists for them", the mayor said, according to NY Daily News. There was no immediate information on an attorney who could comment on his behalf. He hit a parked, unoccupied 1997 Lincoln Town auto, then dragged Arroyo into the middle of the intersection, police said.

The freakish incident occurred Thursday evening in the Bronx as two emergency medical technicians were responding to a call and a passing motorist alerted them that a man was riding on their rear bumper. "They don't need to be there", he said.

He thanked the officer and bystander who apprehended Gonzalez, saying, "A lot of heroism was on display amidst a great tragedy".

Arroyo's EMT partner, a 30-year-old woman, was transported to the hospital for injuries to her neck and shoulder.

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