An EMT in NY died and another was injured Thursday after being hit by a stolen ambulance.
Yadira Arroyo, 44, and her partner were responding to a call in Soundview about 7 p.m., when pedestrians flagged them to down to let them know a man was riding on the back bumper, police said. The suspect, a 25-year-old man, is in custody.
Arroyo's partner in the vehicle suffered only minor injuries, though police initially said she was in critical condition.
Officials said Arroyo is the eighth member of the NY emergency medical services to be killed in the line of duty.
Authorities said the man who stole the ambulance crashed it into a parked auto and got stuck in a snow bank before he was taken into custody. Arroyo and her partner pulled over, Arroyo came out and left the door open.
Colleagues of an emergency medical technician run over by her own ambulance are remembering their colleague as a warmhearted professional who did her job with grace.
As he was escorted by police from the 43rd Precinct early Friday morning, Gonzalez muttered to himself with EMTs silently watching him put into a waiting police cruiser. The man, in turn, got into the driver's side.
Mayor Bill de Blasio said responders should never have to be subjected to violence.
"I'm innocent, I didn't do nothing", Gonzalez, of the Bronx, said as he was walked to a waiting vehicle. "This person had no business being in the ambulance". He said it was in her nature to choose to act on what she thought was right with a moment's notice, even in the face of danger.
FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro called it "a sad night for everybody in the department".
Arroyo reportedly grabbed onto the ambulance and was dragged. "I realized he was hijacking the vehicle".
An off-duty Metropolitan Transportation Authority K-9 officer who happened to be passing by intervened, along with several good Samaritans, authorities said.
"No matter how many times we do this, it does not make it any easier", Nigro said.