ANOTHER DAY IN NYC: 24-Year FDNY Veteran Stabbed to Death in Cold Blood


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NYC Mayor Eric Adams and Acting Fire Commissioner Laura Kavanagh announced the death of Emergency Medical Service Lieutenant Alison Russo-Elling, a 24-year-veteran of the FDNY who was stabbed and killed Thursday afternoon while working at EMS Station 49 in Queens.

At approximately 2:20 pm, Lt. Russo-Elling was on duty in the vicinity of 20th Avenue and Steinway Street in Astoria near her station’s quarters. She was stabbed multiple times in an unprovoked attack. She was transported in critical condition to Mt. Sinai Queens Hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries. Lt. Russo-Elling worked out of Station 49 in Astoria at the time she was killed.

Lt. Russo-Elling was appointed to the FDNY as an EMT in March of 1998. She was promoted to Paramedic in 2002, and to Lieutenant in 2016. She has worked at multiple EMS stations, including Station 20, Station 17, Station 16, Station 45, Queens Tactical Response Group and Station 49.

Lt. Russo-Elling was a World Trade Center first responder, aiding in the rescue and recovery efforts. She is the 1,158th member of the Department to make the Supreme Sacrifice while serving our city. The last member of the Department to die in the line of duty was Firefighter Timothy Klein of Ladder 170 on April 24, 2022.

Lt. Russo-Elling was 61 years old. A Long Island resident, she is survived by her daughter and her parents.

“I want to thank Mount Sinai Hospital for doing all they could to save Lt. Russo’s life and the NYPD for their quick arrest of her assailant,” Mayor Adams said. “I worked with EMTs for years. I’ve seen what they do up close. Their sacrifice is immeasurable.”


  1. And yet the baby killer, Kathy Hochul, was just bragging yesterday at a free media press conference election drivel, that crime has gone down more in New York than any other state. I’m sure the Russo-Elling family is very comforted by the priveliged white baby killer bail reform, Kathy Hochul’s bragging rights.

  2. Not getting involved, what’s the point of inserting the word “white” in your comments? It’s totally irrelevant, particularly since there’s an overwhelming majority on non-whites in the NYC government and enough non-whites in the NYS government responsible for the disgusting policies that enable the high rate of crime.