BERNARDS TWP., NJ - Four members of the Liberty Corner First Aid Squad on attended the funeral of Yadira Arroyo, the FDNY Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), who was recently killed in the line of duty in the Bronx, New York.
The Liberty Corner First Aid Squad volunteers included Elaine French, Charlotte Flohl, Fred Miller and Phil Lai-Len.
The members drove to the Meadowlands to convoy with other New Jersey EMS units. During the procession, they stood at attention, saluting the ambulance carrying EMT Arroyo as it passed by.
Thousands of mourners lined the streets in New York on Saturday to honor a "hero" who was struck after authorities said a 25-year-old thief stole the paramedic's ambulance. The mother of five died trying to get her ambulance back and to tend to a patient in distress, according to numerous reports, including a March 26 account in Long Island Newsday. The Fire Department of New York (FDNY) profiled the service for Arroyo on its website.
The Liberty Corner First Aid Members were among thousands of first responders from around the country who attended Arroyo's emotional funeral service in the Bronx. They gave the following account:
It was a long but stirring day. There was hardly a dry eye in the street when the bagpipers marched by, or when the bugler played taps.
"It was a pleasure for the Liberty Corner First Aid Squad members to honor a fellow EMT who devoted her life to service the people of her city," according to members of the Liberty Corner First Aid Squad.