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2 NYPD officers critical after Coney Island fire response

The officers, one male and one female, were hurt responding to fire on 13th floor of high-rise

By FireRescue1 Staff

NEW YORK — Two NYPD officers were overcome while battling a fire at a Coney Island high rise and are currently in critical condition.

The officers, Rosa Rodriguez, 36, and Dennis Guerra, 38, were responding to the fire on the 13th floor of an 18-story building in Coney Island. According to WABC New York, the officers used an elevator to get up to the fire floors but the elevator stopped and they suffered severe smoke inhalation. They were found unconscious when the elevator returned to the first floor.

Guerra went into cardiac arrest and was airlifted from Coney Island Hospital to Jacobi Hospital in The Bronx, where he was met by Police Commissioner Bill Bratton and Mayor de Blasio. A father of four, he is the son of a retired NYPD officer.

Rodriguez, a four-year veteran of the force, was taken to Cornell Medical Center’s burn unit.

Bratton deemed the cause of the fire "suspicious", and it is under active investigation. According to the New York Post, residents said the blaze started in a hallway with a burning mattress that may have been purposefully set on fire.

Three firefighters and nine civilians were treated and released at the scene, and one civilian was transported to Coney Island Hospital.

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Watson Mars Watson Mars Sunday, April 06, 2014 12:39:31 PM Praying for recovery!!!
Beck Ron Beck Ron Sunday, April 06, 2014 12:42:31 PM praying that they are ok.
Dona Fitzgerald Fellows Dona Fitzgerald Fellows Sunday, April 06, 2014 1:02:10 PM I pray for a speedy recovery, but...Ya never use the elevator if the building is on fire for just that very reason.
Kenneth Rogers Kenneth Rogers Sunday, April 06, 2014 1:33:18 PM Hopefully they will make a full recovery, we can say good try by the PD. But we as Firefighters are the Firefighters and we don't do your job, so stop trying to our job. Everybody in the fire service knows we take control of elevator's in a fire building. Chances are that is why the elevator came back to main floor. It was called back by Firefighters key. OK, "BE SAFE"
Patricia Nevarez Patricia Nevarez Sunday, April 06, 2014 1:41:23 PM so sorry for them praying they recover ...
Wednesday, April 09, 2014 9:49:25 AM Hoping for a full recovery, but then, once recovered, someone teach them to read those signs that say 'In case of fire, use the stairs'. This could have cost them their lives.

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