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Alison Esposito will not be able to attend the Oct. 5 Pumpkins in the Park event. She will be attending the funeral of Lt. Alison Russo-Elling in New York City. Regretfully, the event has been canceled. Last week, FDNY frontline worker Lt. Alison Russo-Elling was fatally stabbed 19 times. Lt. Russo-Elling was a 25 year veteran of FDNY EMS, a 9/11 first responder, and fellow New Yorker. "Lieutenant Russo had a heart of gold; she was here for the whole station, she made sure that we were all ok. We are a close-knit station. She made sure everyone went home safe. I have known her for over 13 years, she was the mother of the station. She was full of life; she was such a great person. It is a tragedy that we have to go through this again," FDNY Paramedic Madelyn Higueros said. Lt. Russo-Elling's funeral will take place Wednesday morning in Nassau County. As a result, Ms. Esposito's visit to Buffalo has been cut short. Donations in memory of Lieutenant Russo-Elling can be made to the FDNY Foundation.

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