From CBS New York
Police: Officer Critically Hurt In Coney Island Fire DiesApril 9, 2014 9:00 AM
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – One of the officers who was critically hurt in a Coney Island blaze that police said was started when a 16-year-old boy lit a mattress on fire in the hallway of a building, has died.
NYPD Housing Officer Dennis Guerra, a 38-year-old married father of four, died shortly before 7 a.m. at Montifiore Hospital, police said. Guerra had more than seven years on the job.
Family and fellow officers have been holding vigils at Montifiore where Guerra had been fighting for his life since Sunday.
His colleague, 36-year-old Rosa Rodriguez, is at the burn unit at Weill Cornell Medical Center. Rodriguez is a single mother of four kids and a four-year veteran of the NYPD Housing Bureau.
“We pray that every young person who hears of the tragic passing of hero police officer Dennis Guerra and of the suffering of officer Rosa Rodriguez and their families, learns that there deadly consequences that result from foolish actions,” PBA president Patrick Lynch said in a statement. “We must learn from this tragedy so that their sacrifices will not have been made in vain. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Guerra and Rodriguez families, friends and their fellow officers.”...
My heart and my prayers go out to the family and all who know and love Officer Guerra.
Rest In Peace, Sir.
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