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Wake begins Monday for veteran FDNY EMS Lt. Alison Russo, stabbed to death in unprovoked attack

COMMACK, N.Y. – Remembrances start at this time for FDNY EMS Lt. Alison Russo, who was stabbed to death final week in what police referred to as an unprovoked attack. 

A wake for the 25-year veteran will likely be held Monday and Tuesday on Long Island, adopted by her funeral Friday. 

As CBS2’s John Dias reported, it will likely be a tribute to a girl whose mission was to save lives. 

For most, remembering an individual’s bravery will not be onerous, however mourning that particular person is a distinct endeavor. That began Friday outdoors Russo’s station in Queens, with the draping of black and purple bunting

“A heart of gold. She was here for the station. She made sure that we were all OK,” FDNY Paramedic Madeline Higueros mentioned. 

Her life was taken away too quickly, however her service was arguably higher than somebody who might have lived two lives. Russo was a World Trade Center first responder, a 25-year veteran of the FDNY and a volunteer with the Huntington Community First Aid Squad for many years. 

In a present of respect and sorrow in a hometown grappling with a horrible loss, group members lined the streets main to Commack Abbey Funeral Home, and flags had been lowered throughout Huntington. 

So many had been left grappling with the good loss, particularly her household. 

“Remember her for the hero that she was, because that is truly who she was, and she died doing what she loved,” mentioned her daughter, Danielle Fuoco. 

At the Yankees recreation over the weekend, hundreds held a second of silence for Russo. A memorial continues to develop in Astoria by the spot the place she was killed final Thursday. 

Police mentioned the 61-year-old was stabbed greater than 20 instances in an unprovoked attack after leaving her station to get meals. The man accused in the stabbing is 34-year-old Peter Zisopoulos, who’s now dealing with homicide costs. We’re informed he has a historical past of schizophrenia. 

His alleged actions robbed so lots of a hero who lived to serve. 

“I think that giving to others in service was really her biggest love in life,” Katie Donegan, with the Huntington Community First Aid Squad, mentioned. 

Loved ones will let you know Russo was as feisty as she was bubbly, understanding when to activate every emotion. Making her among the finest in the business, a real New York hero. 

Her wake begins at 2 p.m. Monday. 

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