Elderly woman dies climbing stairs during Co-op City power outage

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As buildings in Co-op City went dark Friday due to a power outage and again on Sunday, a resident lost her life while attempting to climb 18 flights of stairs with an oxygen tank.

According to the NYPD, on Feb. 26, police responded to a 911 call of an unresponsive 73-year-old female at 120 De Kruif Place. Upon arrival, they found Ada Longmore inside the stairwell between the 18th and 19th floors.

EMS responded to the scene and pronounced her deceased.

While it is believed the oxygen tank ran out of oxygen as she climbed the stairs, the investigation is ongoing and the medical examiner will determine the cause of death.

Elected officials Senator Jamaal Bailey, Councilman Kevin Riley, Congressman Jamaal Bowman and Assemblyman Michael Benedetto, worked with Riverbay Corporation, who manage the buildings, to provide water and assistance during the black out.

Bailey told the Bronx Times he is still waiting to hear more information about what occurred to Longmore, but expressed his condolences.

“My heart goes out to Miss Longmore,” he said. “I think Riverbay did everything they could to meet the needs of the constituents.”

Bowman echoed his sentiments.

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