Hunter College cop among the dead in Harlem explosion
By Philip Messing, Kevin Fasick and Lorena Mongelli
March 12, 2014 | 7:30pmNY Post
Hunter College cop Griselde Camacho hardly ever missed a day of work — even winning awards for her attendance. But asthma symptoms kept her home this week, including Wednesday — and the peace officer became one of at least three fatalities in the horrific Harlem building collapse.
“Everyone is shocked.” a fellow peace officer said as the sad news spread across the Upper East Side campus.
The other two victims had not been identified by Wednesday night.
“She was a great worker,” the co-worker said, declining to give her name.
In her eight years as a peace officer, Camacho had won multiple achievement awards — and, in 2010, got one for excellent attendance.
“Everyone liked her,” she said of Camacho, who is a former cop from Puerto Rico and a single mother of a 15-year-old son.
“She has a big heart.”
There were dozens more injured in the blast — including four children
, one a 15-year-old with critical injuries. He suffered serious burns, broken bones and other internal injuries and was in surgery Wednesday night at Harlem Hospital.
“He did verbalize some things when he first came in but he was quite confused and severely injured,” said Dr. Reynold Trowers, Chief of Emergency at Harlem Hospital.
As of Wednesday night there were still seven residents of the two destroyed buildings that remained unaccounted for
, including Carmen Tanco, 67, and Jordy Salas, 23.
“I keep calling her cell phone but it’s going straight to voicemail,” said Tanco’s worried niece Marisela Frias, 24.
“I feel numb, because at this point, the way I’m looking at it is, if she was OK, she would have registered by now, she would have seen the news and called family,” Frias said.
Salas was asleep in the second floor of 1644 Park Avenue along with his dog when the building fell, relatives said as they traveled from hospital to hospital in search of him.
Also missing is George Amadeo, 44, who was home on the fifth floor of 1646 Park Avenue during the collapse.
“All we can do is pray and wait,” said his sister, Jacqueline Garcia, as family members continued to call city hospitals.