Alison Russo-Elling’s parents blast violence in New York City

The elderly parents of the FDNY lieutenant stabbed in an unprovoked attack in Queens on Friday slammed the surging violence in the city, saying “it doesn’t stop” and “is taking people’s lives.”

Paramedic Alison Russo-Elling, 61, called her mother and father daily to check on them but didn’t get a chance on Thursday – when a madman fatally stabbed her 19 times in Astoria, grieving mother Catherine Fuoco said 85, the post office.

“She called every day. She didn’t call yesterday,” Fuoco said while her husband Frank, 87, sat behind her in a wheelchair at the couple’s home in Commack, LI.

“It’s a terrible, terrible thing that had to happen to her and it doesn’t stop, that’s the bad thing,” Fuoco said of the crime.

“It’s going on and it’s costing people their lives. It seems there is no escape.

“People who work in the city don’t want to go into the city anymore because of what’s happening, not just on the subway [but] on the street,” she added. “They grope women. There are naked men. They commit all sorts of dastardly deeds.”

The parents of Lt.  Alison Russo-Elling arrive at the coroner's office near Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan on Thursday, September 29, 2022.
The parents of Lt. Alison Russo-Elling arrive at the coroner’s office near Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan on Thursday, September 29, 2022.
Robert Mecea

NYPD statistics showed weekly spikes in almost every serious crime category in the city all summer long, except for homicides and rapes, compared to the same period last year.

Critics have largely attributed the chaos to the state’s controversial bail reform laws, saying they create a revolving door of justice that puts violent criminals back on the streets.

The elderly parents of the FDNY lieutenant stabbed in an unprovoked attack in Queens quashed the surging violence in the city.

The parents of the stabbed FDNY lieutenant shattered the surging violence in the city.


A maniac fatally stabbed Russo-Elling 19 times in Astoria.

A maniac fatally stabbed Russo-Elling 19 times in Astoria.


Russo-Elling was a 25-year veteran of the FDNY.

Russo-Elling was a 25-year veteran of the FDNY.


Russo-Elling was loved and respected by fellow first responders.

Russo-Elling was loved and respected by fellow first responders.


Russo-Elling was a 25-year FDNY veteran who served on the World Trade Center responders after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. She could have retired but decided against it, although she’s had a few clashes over the years, her mother said.

“She even thought about whether or not to retire next year because of her dedication. She loved her job,” Fuoco said.

“She loved it from the day she started. She was spat on. She was beaten. She was bitten by people who have HIV. She had to pass all the tests. It’s not an easy job when you’re out there in the trenches because you don’t know who you’re dealing with. And then this guy – he came up behind her.

“She was in the wrong place at the wrong time,” said the mother.

Firefighters salute as the body of paramedic Lt.  Alison Russo-Elling is taken to the coroner's office near Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan on Thursday, September 29, 2022.
Firefighters salute as the body of paramedic Lt. Alison Russo-Elling is taken to the coroner’s office near Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan on Thursday, September 29, 2022.
Robert Mecea
Suspect Peter Zisopoulos aged 34, was from the 114th Police Precinct in Astoria, Queens.
Suspect Peter Zisopoulos, 34, came from the 114th Police Precinct in Astoria, Queens.
Brigitte Stelzer for the NY Post

“This was a girl who saved other people’s lives just for her to be taken from us.”

Scores of uniformed military personnel lined the street outside the Medical Examiner’s Office in Manhattan on Friday and gave a grim salute as the victim’s body was taken away.

Police say Peter Zisopoulos, 34, followed Russo-Elling at random down the street, slammed her to the ground and then repeatedly stabbed herth avenue and 41St Street at 2:30 p.m. Thursday.

The victim — affectionately dubbed the “mother of the station” by her colleagues at Astoria Station 49 — had gone to the store and grabbed a bite to eat when she was killed.

Zisopoulos is now facing charges of murder and possession of weapons, police officers said.

Alison Russo-Elling was reportedly stabbed to death in an unprovoked attack in Queens on Thursday.
Alison Russo-Elling was reportedly stabbed to death in an unprovoked attack in Queens on Thursday.

“She meant everything to us. She was very popular with everyone,” Fuoco said, her voice cracking with emotion. “She will be missed terribly.”

Russo-Elling’s father remarked on how caring her daughter was.

“She was worried about us,” he said.

Peter Zisopoulous, 34, charged with murder and criminal arms possession in connection with the September 29 death of Alison Russo-Elling.
Peter Zisopoulos, 34, charged with murder and criminal arms possession in connection with the September 29 death of Alison Russo-Elling.

City Hall did not respond to a Post request for comment on the parents’ concerns about crime, but said in a statement, “Our hearts go out to Lt. Alison Russo-Elling’s family, her FDNY-EMS colleagues, and to all New Yorkers who lost a truly amazing female officer to a senseless act of violence.

“We will Lt. Never forget Russo-Elling’s bravery and dedication as we join the FDNY in mourning her loss.”

Gov. Kathy Hochul’s office also did not comment on the crime issue, but noted that flags on state buildings would fly halfway up until after Russo-Elling’s funeral.

“Our hearts are with her family as we honor her life and remember her as a heroine. I know all New Yorkers are grateful for her more than two decades of service with the FDNY and as a World Trade Center first responder,” Hochul said in a statement.

Meanwhile, hundreds of FDNY members attended a pennant ceremony at Station 49 on Friday to commemorate Russo-Elling, with many of her employees seen breaking into tears and hugging in their grief.

-Additional reporting by Bernadette Hogan and Zach Williams

https://nypost.com/2022/09/30/alison-russo-ellings-parents-bash-new-york-city-violence/ Alison Russo-Elling’s parents blast violence in New York City

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