The New York City Fire Department FDNY held a vigil for Yadira Arroyo, the hero EMT who was killed in the line of duty last week.
The vigil was held on Tuesday night outside EMS station 26 in the Morrisania section of the Bronx.
The artist Keith De Cesare and his family presented the ArtAID’s Guardian Angel Tribute to Yadira’s mother and her family during the vigil.
“Yari Arroyo died a hero of this city, and that’s what we have to remember,” said James Leonard, FDNY Chief of Department.
Arroyo spent 14 years as a city EMT, most of it right at EMS station 26 in the Bronx.
She died last Thursday, as she struggled for control of her own ambulance, against a deranged man who was trying to steal it.
But while there was no joy there Tuesday night, it was her 24-year-old son who reminded her brothers and sisters how they should move on in the face of such unmitigated anguish.
“Just only think about the good in her. No one think about what happened,” Mendes said. “I’m almost at a loss for words. Until I think about all the good she’s done. And then I feel like I have too much to say.”