As CBS2’s John Dias reported, the gloomy weather sets the backdrop to another somber day for the FDNY and many Long Islanders. They will say their final farewells to a woman who was as brave as they come.
The outpouring of support is only just a mere example of the mark EMS Lt. Alison Russo will leave on New York. It speaks volumes to the person she was and how many lives she touched both in and out of service.
“There are hundreds of people walking this earth who have their life thanks to Alison,” said Michael Greco, of VP Local 2507.
Years ago, Grego was Russo’s partner in Queens. They worked at the same station for nearly a decade and remained great friends.
“She was the type of person who would give you the shirt off her back,” he said.
On Monday, members of the department saluted her parents as they made their way into her wake. The last two days havefor the 61-year-old.
She will be remembered for the hero she was and her service, outreached by only few.
“Alison was the person that came into the room and really lit up the place,” FDNY Chief of Department John Hodgens said.
Russo was a World Trade Center first responder, dedicated 25 years to the FDNY and volunteered with the Huntington Community First Aid Squad.
“She was a ball of fire. In the fire department, outside the fire department. She was just amazing, and we’re going to miss her,” one friend said.
No doubt, hanging up her helmet would have been a hart feat, but Russo was so close to retirement. However, sadly, never made it. She waslast week.
Her alleged killer is facing murder charges.
“She was six months away from retiring, and she did all the right things. She did everything she was supposed to do, and she just gave her life to this,” said Ann Schwartz, with the Huntington Community First Aid Squad.
The motive for the stabbing is still unclear, however CBS2 has learned the suspect has a history of schizophrenia.
As for Russo, she leaves behind her parents, a daughter and grandchild.