Heavy Traffic, Road Closings Expected for EMS Lieutenant’s Funeral

The funeral procession for Lt. Alison Russo will travel across Huntington Wednesday morning en route to her service at the Tilles Center in Brookville.
Russo, who served with the Fire Department of New York EMS,was stabbed to death last week in Queens as she stopped for lunch near her station. The accused assailant was arrested after what the police described as a random attack.
Traffic along the procession route is expected to be heavy, and town and law enforcement officials are urging residents to avoid certain streets.
The procession will leave Commack Abbey on Commack Road about 9 a. m., head west to the Northern State to Exit 42, Park Avenue, up Park to Broadway and Railroad Street,  where it will stop briefly at the HCFAS headquarters before continuing to Route 110, to the LIE Exit 39 and the Tilles Center.
Hundreds of vehicles are expected to join the procession. And numerous guests, including invited state, county and local officials, friends and colleagues, are expected back  at the HCFAS headquarters after 1 p.m., resulting in more traffic delays.
Supervisor Ed Smyth said that the HART bus will be joining the procession, leading to a Saturday schedule for the bus service.
Russo will be posthumously promoted by captain at her funeral service, the FDNY said. ““Alison Russo was everything we look for in a leader in our Department. A dedicated and accomplished veteran of 25 years, she responded to thousands of emergencies, mentored many new EMTs and Paramedics, cared deeply for the communities she served, and set an incredible example for others at Station 49 and at every station she called home throughout her outstanding career. This posthumous promotion is a sign of our deep respect and admiration for all the courageous and selfless work she did throughout her career. We will never forget her.”

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