Wake held for FDNY paramedic lieutenant fatally stabbed in Queens
Hundreds of first responders attended the wake for FDNY paramedic Lt. Alison Russo on Monday.
Russo, 61 of Huntington, was stabbed to death in what police call a random attack Thursday afternoon in Queens.
The suspect, Peter Zisopoulos, has been charged in the 9/11 first responder's death.
A wake was held for Russo Monday and will continue Tuesday at Commack Abbey Funeral Home in Commack.
Russo was a 25-year veteran of the department. Those who worked with her say she made a lasting impression on everybody she worked with.
"Even as we celebrate her life, we're still trying to wrap our minds around the senseless act and this brutal act that caused us to lose one of our own, so this is an incredibly hard day, it's an incredible hard day for her family, for her station and for the entire fire department," says acting FDNY Fire Commissioner Laura Kavanagh.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams also came to pay his respects to Russo's family and the first responders who became her family.
Those who came out to remember Russo focused on her life and the impact she made on everyone she came in contact with.
"We're blessed to have known her and the community's blessed to have had her," says Tom Hogan, of Cold Spring Harbor.
The funeral service will take place Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the Tilles Center in Brookville