This morning I was looking to see news was making headlines from things that happened over the weekend. The first two stories I saw tugged a bit at my heart, and not in a good way. One woman was killed, and a young boy was allegedly kidnapped.
My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of a mother of five children who was killed while on duty as an EMT in the Bronx. A 25-year-old man who was mentally unstable attempted to steal an ambulance driven by Yadira Arroyo, a 44-yr old EMT and mother of five. While Ms. Arroyo was out of the van attending to Jose Gonzalez, Mr. Gonzalez ran toward the open driver’s door and got in the ambulance. Ms. Arroyo and her partner struggled with Mr. Gonzalez to get him out of the driver’s seat. Ms. Arroyo pulled on him from outside the driver’s door, and her partner was in the passenger seat struggling with Mr. Gonzalez. Gonzalez put the vehicle into reverse and dragged Ms. Arroyo into an intersection. You can see the complete story in the New York Times.
The second story I read was about a 10-year-old boy who allegedly cried wolf about being kidnapped by a class 3 sex offender on his way to school. The boy claimed, to police, that he was kidnapped while walking to school around 8:30 Friday morning. After escaping, he ran to the 50th Precinct Station, where he identified his kidnapper from a series of photos the officers showed him. The man was arrested and released by police after finding the boy’s allegations to be questionable.
At this point, I didn’t want to read anything more. It seems like the only thing that makes the headlines are negative stories reflecting the rotten side of the Bronx community. Then I found a newsletter just for parents and grandparents that have elementary and middle school age kids in the Bronx. It’s called the Bronx Parent Newsletter posted online by the United Federation of Teachers. The newsletter has a list of events and helpful tools for parents to take advantage of. A few upcoming events this month include a college fair, a job hiring event, and an Easter egg hunt at St. Helena’s Catholic Church in the Parkchester community.
Life can be hard enough at times, but raising kids in a Bronx NY apartment doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Thank you to the teachers who care, and the volunteers at the community centers who keep our children off the streets and out of trouble.