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Long Island community grappling with shocking death of their neighbor, EMS Lt. Alison Russo

COMMACK, N.Y. — First responders saluted as FDNY EMS Lt. Alison Russo’s casket was carried from the medical expert’s office and escorted in a solemn procession to a funeral house in Commack on Friday. 

Russo, along with working for the FDNY, served her house community of Huntington as a volunteer EMT and paramedic for many years. 

CBS2’s Carolyn Gusoff spoke with household and associates who’re grappling with Russo’s shocking and violent death. 

In a present of respect and sorrow, community members lined the streets resulting in Commack Abbey Funeral Home and flags throughout Huntington have been lowered in tribute to a girl whose mission was to avoid wasting lives. 

Russo volunteered with the Huntington Community First Aid Squad for 3 many years. 

“Every single one of us is shocked, to say the least,” stated Katie Donegan, of the Huntington Community First Aid Squad. “I think that giving to others and service was just really her biggest love in life.” 

Russo was a hero to all, particularly her daughter. 

“Keep my mother in your thoughts. Pray for my family and remember her for the hero that she was, because that’s truly who she was and she died doing what she loved,” stated Russo’s daughter Danielle Fuoco. 

At age 61, Russo logged a lifetime of service. She was a primary responder on the World Trade Center, labored 12-hour days and relished the chance to coach youthful paramedics. 

“She said ‘I feel like they’re my kids,'” stated Russo’s good friend Jackie Gardiner. “She loved her work. She was trying to make as much money as she could to 65 years old and just enjoy life.” 

A retirement that was to incorporate journey, the seaside and time with associates. 

Russo was recognized for her huge, heat persona on her Huntington Station block. 

“I have no words. I think this world is going crazy,” stated neighbor Monica Soberal. “She survives the pandemic … and this is just, savage.” 

Russo, who cherished her work and cherished individuals, was killed randomly in an unprovoked knife assault whereas on obligation with FDNY.

“She was feisty, fiery, had just this bright, bubbly personality that just made her light up a room,” stated Donegan. “A huge, huge loss.”

“A happy person and, I can’t believe it,” stated neighbor Michael Larson. 

“She would sit out on her porch and she would talk to the people that were walking past. She knew the kids, she knew every dog’s name that passed by. She was a people person,” stated Gardiner. 

A be aware on that porch now reads, “Rest peacefully Ali. You will be so dearly missed.” 

Russo is survived by her daughter, mother and father and brother. The first assist squad members stated her legacy will stay on in their hearts. 

The FDNY stated funeral preparations should not but full. 

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