Medic killed by own ambulance as it is stolen in NY

Around 7 White Plains Road and Watson Avenue in the Morris Park section, an ambulance on White Plains Road was flagged down by a pedestrian, who told them a man was riding on the back bumper of the ambulance.

"New Yorkers take care of their own and we pledge to never forget EMT Arroyo, her sacrifice, or her family", said Answer the Call board chairman Stephen Dannhauser.

A man accused of crushing a fire department medic to death under the wheels of a stolen ambulance told reporters Friday he'd done nothing wrong, while his lawyer said he was mentally ill and didn't act intentionally. Video posted to Twitter by a bystander shows the ambulance speeding across an intersection with one of its doors open, its lights flashing and the body of Arroyo being dragged underneath the vehicle.

Arroyo is the eighth member of New York's emergency medical services ever to die in the line of duty, Nigro said. Gonzales was allegedly on drugs and hanging on the back of the vehicle and passersby alerted Arroyo and her partner. They do crucial work, they save lives.

He thanked the officer and bystander who apprehended Gonzalez, saying, "A lot of heroism was on display amidst a great tragedy". "All the police came running and they put her in an ambulance".

"Knowing she was out there gave us the peace and understanding that the right thing was going to be done, every single time", he said.

On Twitter late Thursday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said "tonight's tragedy in the Bronx is terrible".

The man then rammed the ambulance into a parked vehicle and got stuck in a snowbank, Wilcox told reporters.

"They got out to see what has happening", New York City Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro told CNN.

"They were acting very fearless", FDNY Chief Daniel Nigro said when praising the actions of both medics.

"An EMT was lost in the line of duty, bravely doing her job and encountering the kind of danger that our EMTs should not have to confront", said Mayor Bill de Blasio.

"I miss her. Of course, you know, I love her", said Arroyo's son Edgar, 22.

Jose Gonzalez, 25, was charged with murder, manslaughter and robbery. Arroyo, 44, was incredibly dedicated, responding to calls even during asthma attacks, her colleagues said Friday.

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