On Thursday, the family of FDNY Emergency Medical Technician Yadira Arroyo came together with city leaders and the community to rename a Brooklyn playground in Arroyo’s honor.

Blackrock Playground, near Flatland’s P.S. 119, was renamed FDNY – EMT Yadira Arroyo Playground to remember Arroyo, who was killed in the line of duty on March 16, 2017, one block from the playground. 

Arroyo had served as a FDNY Emergency Medical Technician for 14 years and was a dedicated leader and public servant who gave her life for the community, NYC Parks First Deputy Commissioner Liam Kavanagh said.

Photo: NYC Parks / Malcolm Pinckney.

“Parks are places we come to exercise, play and reflect, and Yadira Arroyo will forever be remembered here in the newly renamed FDNY – EMT Yadira Arroyo Playground,” he said.

The decision to change the park name was made with strong support from the FDNY, local elected officials, Community Board 9, The Uniformed EMTs, Paramedics and Inspectors-FDNY, and the Hispanic Society Fire Department of the City of New York, NYC Park said.

 The newly renamed FDNY – EMT Yadira Arroyo Playground was designed with input from the students of the nearby P.S. 119 and most recently renovated in April 2019.

The playground includes a green and leafy place to play and a central water play area, which divides the playground into two sections — one for older children and one for younger kids and tots.  

Photo: NYC Parks / Malcolm Pinckney.

Fire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro said the park renaming was a fitting tribute to Arroyo, “who not only lived in this neighborhood but served as a protector and a highly-trained medical professional for the people of this community.”

“Thanks to everyone from the Parks Department and Community Board 9, Yadira’s memory and legacy will live on forever in the borough that she bravely served.” 


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