EMT killed in the line of duty was mother of 5, 14-year FDNY veteran

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Saturday, March 18, 2017
Show of support by slain EMT's family and friends in court
Josh Einiger reports.

MORRIS PARK, Bronx (WABC) -- The FDNY EMT who was killed in the line of duty when she was run over by her own ambulance was a 14-year veteran of the force and a mother of five.

Yadira Arroyo, 44, was assigned to Station 26 in the Bronx.

She was killed Thursday night when a man took control of her ambulance and ran her over with it. She was rushed to the hospital, where died a short time later.

Tributes have been pouring in ever since. A makeshift memorial was set up at the scene where she was killed:

Here's video showing the department honoring Arroyo as her body was taken to the medical examiner's office:

Watch video of a tribute by FDNY members as the body of a fallen EMT is taken to the medical examiner's office.

And at the New York City St. Patrick's Day parade, FDNY members carried a banner with Arroyo's photo:

Here is a photo of Arroyo with four of her children:

Arroyo was the eight member of FDNY EMS to die in the line of duty. Her fellow brothers and sisters packed into the Bronx Criminal Courthouse in a show of support, to shout down the criminal defense lawyer.

The MTA police officer who helped subdue the suspect offered his condolences.

"My heart breaks for the victim and her family and her partner, and the entire FDNY," said Officer Daniel McDade, MTA police.