Lt. Alison Russo-Elling will be our focus. We will look at her personally and how the officer was killed.
Who was Lt. Alison Russo-Elling?
She is a 61 year old department veteran.
She was a famed for being the first World Trade Center responder during the September 11, in 2001.
She was expected to retire in six months time.
She suffered an over 20 times knife stabs by an assailant.
This occurred when the Lt. Alison Russo-Elling went to grab food at 41st Street Center.
Other version also say Russo was said to be trying to break an argument when she was stabbed.
The attacker who has been described as mad man knocked her down and went ahead to stab her severally on the Queen’s street. This was revealed in a surveillance footage.
Lt.Alison Russo-Elling was said to have been on duty at the time.
She was barely few metres from Station 49 when the attack happened. This was disclosed by NYPD Chief of Detectives James Essig.
The veteran who is said to have 25 years of being a veteran was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital, but she unfortunately passed away.
Who is Lt. Alison Russo-Elling attacker?
The man who attacked Russo Elling is a 34 year old man.
He is said to have been chased by a good Samaritan and he went and entered his apartment.
His apartment is on the third floor and the man locked himself inside.
He was later tasered and arrested by police.
The 34 year old suspect reportedly moved into the area two years ago.
He has been described by neighbors as a loner.
One neighbor by name Camilla Groth said he is not only a loner but a “weird” guy.
She said: “Loner. . . Something off but completely non-violent” Groth described her neighbor. “I’ve passed him on these side streets like here or over there,” Groth said, gesturing. “I typically go to the other side of the street. I didn’t want to meet him or say hi or anything.
“I’ve never seen him with another person. He was always by himself when I saw him.”
Many shocked by Lt. Alison Russo -Elling attack as tributes pour in.
The officer attack was said to be unprovoked. One neighbor who lived closed to the crime scene said she felt “terrible” for the slain officer. She is quoted as having said:
“God, what’s going on in this world because this is such a quiet area,” said Connie Syrigos. “This is all families here, decent people, working people, and this never happened before. So when I saw this I was very surprised.”
Laura Kavanagh, an acting FDNY Commissioner, said Russo’s death was “heartbreaking.” She further added that the officer was killed in a “barbaric and completely unprovoked attack.”
Mayor Eric Adams described Russo’s death as a lost. He said: “We lost one of our heroes.”
Lt. Alison Russo-Ellings former station, Station 49 lowered their flag on Thursday evening.
Her colleagues also gathered at the station to mourn their fallen colleague.