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Donors share reasons for giving to charity for slain EMT's kids



The generosity of Daily News readers knows no bounds.



Donors to a fund The News established for slain FDNY EMT Yadira Arroyo shared reasons for their acts of charity — saying they were profoundly moved by her sacrifice as well as the five sons she left behind.


“Do you know what kind of shifts this woman has worked over the last 14 years to provide for those kids?” nurse Katie Duke, 35, who lives in Harlem and donated $150 said Monday.


“It’s unfortunate that such a tragic event has brought to light what EMTs and paramedics do.”




The News started the fund with a $10,000 donation. Roughly 1,200 readers have contributed another $47,940.


All money given to the fund will go directly to Arroyo’s children through the FDNY Foundation..


Police say a disturbed man with schizophrenia, Jose Gonzalez, 25, ran over Arroyo on Thursday with her own ambulance following a confrontation in the Bronx.


Mirthell Mitchell said the story had moved him and his wife, Rita, who donated $500.

Mirthell Mitchell, 41, and Rita, 37, of Alabama, donated $500 to the EMT Arroyo Children's Fund established by the NY Daily News.

Mirthell Mitchell, 41, and Rita, 37, of Alabama, donated $500 to the EMT Arroyo Children’s Fund established by the NY Daily News.

(Mitchell Family/New York Daily News)



“It was one of those stories that really touched us,” Mitchell, 41, said, noting the Alabama couple has four children.


Sonja Hofer wrote The News that she was inspired to donate $200 after experiencing others’ generosity during her own tragedy. Her son, David Hofer, was shot and killed in the line of duty in Euless, Tex.


She said the donations that poured in helped the slain cop’s fiancée keep a home the couple had bought months before his death.

FDNY Paramedics hanging a purple and black flag on the back of the ambulance where slain FDNY EMT Yadira Arroyo was placed into after leaving the Chief Medical Examiner.

FDNY Paramedics hanging a purple and black flag on the back of the ambulance where slain FDNY EMT Yadira Arroyo was placed into after leaving the Chief Medical Examiner.

(Shawn Inglima/for New York Daily News)



“My heart broke all over again reading about five children left without mother,” Sonja Hofer said.


Checks can be made payable to Daily News Charities Inc. and mailed to:


New York Daily News

4 New York Plaza

New York, NY 10004

Attn: Daily News Charities



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