Foundation Sets Up $100K Trust Fund for Sons of Slain Bronx EMT Yadira Arroyo
Members of the Fire Department and people in the community rallied around the family of Yadira Arroyo Saturday, two days after the 44-year-old emergency medical technician was killed on the job.
Arroyo was killed Thursday when a man stole her ambulance and ran her over.
She was the mother five boys — her sons showing everyone the strength she undoubtedly instilled in them.
"Me and my brothers, we are all going to stick together," said Jose Montes. "We're not going to let go of each other. We're going to be here for each other, support each other in every single way."
During a news conference inside Arroyo's workplace, Station 26, the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation announced it is donating $100,000 to set up a trust fund for the EMT's kids.
The organization, which began as a way to honor fallen 9/11 firefighters, is also asking for the public's help.
"The fact that she leaves behind five children makes it all the more necessary for us to accept responsibility and I mean all of us to accept responsibility to help care for these children, to ensure they're able to lead the lives that their mother so wanted for them," said Frank Siller, chairman and CEO of the foundation.
Those lives, NY1 has learned, includes a future in the FDNY for Arroyo's 19-year-old son Kenneth — who told us he's following in his mother's footsteps.
"First I'm going to start off as an EMT, hopefully work my way up as a paramedic, then after that try to join the firefighters," Kenneth said.
Inside the news conference, tears were not only shed by Arroyo's family members but also by those who were part of her work family.
Her partner, Monique Williams, was singled out for the duo's bravery the night Arroyo died.
"I've seen a lot of brave things in my time on this job and what you did that night was incredibly brave," said FDNY Chief of Department James E. Leonard. "What Yadi did and this is what the world is about. These are the heroes of the world."
A wake for Arroyo is scheduled over two days beginning Thursday. Her funeral will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 25, at the St. Nicholas of Tolentine R.C. Church at 2345 University Avenue in the Bronx.
Members of the public can learn more about helping the family at the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation website.