A day after an NYPD officer died from injuries sustained while responding to a Brooklyn fire, a pair of fearless cops rushed into another burning building Thursday to save an elderly man and a 1-year-old baby, sources said.
The hero cops were then rushed to a hospital themselves after they complained of difficulty breathing.
Officials said the sergeant and his partner were knocking on doors in
a Williamsburg tenement before they complained of difficulty breathing.
The two-alarm fire broke out on the second floor in the rear of a four-story building on Scholes Street at about 1 p.m.
The two cops got there before firefighters arrived, and began alerting tenants, officials said.
The cops were rushed to Woodhull Medical Center, where they were said to be stable, conscious and alert, officials said.
The Williamsburg scare came days after a fire allegedly set by a bored teen trapped a pair of cops who were the first on the scene.
Father of four Dennis Guerra, 38, died Wednesday from his injuries, and his partner, Rosa Rodriguez, 32, a mother of four, remains in critical condition in a Manhattan burn unit.
Sources said accused arsonist Marcell Dockery will face murder
charges in the boredom-inspired fire he allegedly set that resulted in
Meanwhile, Guerra’s devastated family, including his wife, Cathy, spent the day putting the finishing touches on funeral plans.
“She’s being strong,” said Cathy’s father, Raymond Rivas, who flew in
from Utah. “She breaks down here and there, so that’s why I’m here to
support her and be there for her. Everyone is OK, except for my
12-year-old granddaughter. She having a difficult time. Things will work
Guerra, the son of a retired NYPD detective, leaves four children behind.
“He was a good father,” Rivas said. “He was very dedicated to his
family. He was well-loved by everyone.” A Sunday wake followed by a
Monday funeral was set for Guerra.