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- Emergency radio recordings emerge in the horror Thursday death of EMT
- FDNY medic Yadira Arroyo, 44, killed by man driving her stolen ambulance
- Mother-of-five Arroyo was crushed under the wheels when man carjacked rig
- Her devastated colleague Monique Williams attacked the man afterwards
- Radio reveals woman's voice shrieking 'We need assistance'
- Meanwhile, Gonzalez arraigned Friday on murder and other charges
- Gang member goes by alias 'Breezy Blood' and has 31 prior arrests, cops say
- Struggle to compose themselves, in anguish at losing 'matriarch of the station'
One day after an FDNY medic and mother-of-five was run over and killed by a man who stole her ambulance, harrowing emergency radio recordings have revealed her chilling final moments.
This comes as the murdered woman's colleagues packed a New York City courthouse to witness the suspect's arraignment.
The chaotic minutes after EMT Yadira Arroyo, 44, was fatally struck unfolded around 7.10pm on Thursday in The Bronx, after she and her partner Monique Williams were flagged down by members of the public.
They were told a man was riding on the back bumper of their rig as they rushed to an emergency to do with a pregnant woman.
The man, identified by police as 25-year-old Jose Gonzalez, overpowered her and jumped into the vehicle and plowed straight into Arroyo, according to witnesses and cellphone video from the scene.
Seconds later, a woman's voice can be heard screaming over the FDNY EMS dispatch radio.
'Please we need assistance,' the woman pleads.
'What unit is that?' the dispatcher asks.
After verifying their location, the dispatcher puts out the code for additional units: 'All Bronx North units, unit 82 Nora has a 10-85.'
Moments later, a commander comes on the air with the code for an officer in distress.
'10-13, 10-13,' the commander says. 'All units in the Bronx stand by.'
'I don't think we're too far from that,' a radio patrol car responds.
'Get going, get going, get going, get going,' the commander says.
It was initially unclear to responders whether the unit in distress was a police officer or EMT.
Several other units call in as responding. 'Traumatic arrest,' one responder shouts, referring to Arroyo's condition.
Arroyo's body is seen in the street after Gonzalez stole her ambulance and ran her over. The scene was captured by a bystander
Newly obtained surveillance footage appears to show the man standing on the ambulance's rear bumper clinging to the rear door
One unit repeatedly tries to call in that she's on a meal break, using the code 10-63.
'I got a 13 going on, I'll get back to you as soon as I can, just stay off the air!' the dispatcher snaps.
Seven minutes into the events, the dispatcher issues a 'slow down,' indicating that the situation at the scene is under control.
The dispatcher coordinates a road bock and escort for the ambulance transporting Arroyo.
About 11 minutes after the distress call hit the airwaves, the ambulance arrived at Jacobi Medical Center, where Arroyo was pronounced dead.
Meanwhile, EMTs from across the city packed a Bronx courthouse for suspect Gonzalez's arraignment on Friday.
EMTs from across the city packed a Bronx courthouse for Gonzalez's arraignment on Friday
Jose Gonzalez was arraigned on murder and other charges in Arroyo's gruesome death. The fallen EMT's colleagues struggled to compose themselves in the courthouse
'I'm innocent. I didn't do nothing,' Gonzalez said as he was escorted out of a police station, surrounded by angry, uniformed emergency medical technicians hurling insults.
Gonzalez, 25, goes by the alias 'Breezy Blood' and is a Bloods gang member, police sources told the Daily News.
Police say he is an emotionally-disturbed person with a criminal history of 31 prior arrests. Twenty one of those arrests are sealed, but the 10 that aren't include charges of robbery, assault, criminal mischief, criminal possession of marijuana, public lewdness, graffiti and sale of marijuana.
Police said Gonzalez had been high on drugs during the deadly encounter.
His lawyer, Alice Fontier, said he has a severe mental illness. She didn't identify it, saying his history would be disclosed later in court.
'Whatever may have happened here, none of his actions were intentional,' Fontier said, calling Arroyo's death a tragedy for both the EMT's family's and the suspect's.
'I'm innocent. I didn't do nothing,' Gonzalez said as he was escorted out of a police station, surrounded by angry, uniformed emergency medical technicians
Gonzalez is being held without bail.
Police said Gonzalez, who lived for about a month at a group home for chronically homeless single adults, had a history of violent and erratic behavior with officers.
Fontier said his record involves mostly marijuana possession charges, as well as misdemeanor assault and criminal mischief cases.
Paramedics and firefighters struggled to compose themselves in the packed courthouse during the arraignment, as they mourned their fallen comrade.
'Yadi, Yadi, Yadi,' the first responders chanted, repeating Yadira Arroyo's nickname in sadness and defiance.
'Yadi was the matriarch of the station,' Lieutenant George Lampon said, choking back tears during a somber ceremony at Arroyo's stationhouse. 'She was not only a mother of five, but a mother to the 100-plus people who worked here.'
Another medic, Anastasia Rabos, said Arroyo was a great mentor and friend and 'a very humble person.'
'Yadi, Yadi, Yadi,' chanted fire and EMT workers outside Gonzalez's arraignment, repeating the nickname of slain paramedic Yadira Arroyo
Fire and EMT workers made a show of force at Gonzalez's arraignment on Friday
Arroyo's death unfolded in a matter of heart-pounding seconds while she and partner Monique Williams were on a routine call to assist a pregnant woman on Thursday evening.
Arroyo, a 14-year veteran of New York's Bravest, was driving the ambulance when members of the public flagged her down to warn her that there was a man riding on the vehicle's back bumper.
Newly obtained surveillance footage appears to show the man standing on the ambulance's rear bumper clinging to the rear door.
Arroyo got out of the ambulance to confront the man when he jumped into the driver's seat and pulled away - running her over
Arroyo's partner Monique Williams (third from left) started kicking Gonzalez in the head after he was arrested
A bereft Monique Williams stands over her colleague's body following the carjacking - which unfolded in a matter of mere moments
Witness Anis Nagi, 40, said that he flagged down the ambulance when they saw a man on the back.
'The female EMT came out of the vehicle,' Nagi told the New York Daily News. 'She left the door open.'
According to Nagi, the man jumped from the back, tried to mug someone and Arroyo attempted to stop him.
As Arroyo attempted to intervene, the man overpowered her following a brief struggle and jumped behind the wheel of the vehicle, where Arroyo's partner, Monique Williams, 31, was sitting in the passenger side.
Shocking cellphone video shows the ambulance reverse and plow straight into Arroyo, who tries to desperately hold onto the still open door, leaving her for dead in the middle of the road.
'He reversed so hard and she was dragged,' said Nagi. 'He ran over her and she went under the wheels.'
Without stopping, the man then mindlessly drives about 20 feet straight into a parked car.
FDNY members salute the body of Arroyo as it arrived at the Medical Examiners Office in New York City Thursday night
Yadira Arroyo's body is lifted from the ambulance draped in the Stars and Stripes
Wearing their dress uniform, members of the FDNY salute Arroyo's body as it was taken inside
The man was immediately apprehended by a passing off-duty MTA K-9 Officer Danny McCabe and members of the public.
'He was incoherent and talking to himself,' a witness said.
A solemn guard of honor was laid on later that evening for the fallen officer by members of the FDNY as her body was brought to the Medical Examiner's Officer in Manhattan.
Meanwhile, Gonzalez was arrested and now faces charges of murder, grand larceny and operating a motor vehicle while impaired by drugs.
The New York Times spoke with two relatives of Gonzalez, who said he had been depressed since his mother died as a child.
He was escorted by police from the 43rd Precinct early Friday morning to be booked in jail.
Gonzalez muttered to himself as EMTs watched him being put in a police cruiser.
'I'm innocent. I didn't do nothing. I'm innocent,' Gonzalez said.
Some of the EMTs yelled at Gonzalez as he was led past them.
'You’re a piece of s***,' one EMT said, according to the Daily News.
'There’s a special place in hell for people like you,' another added.