NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — There was a sea of sadness Wednesday during a moving tribute to an NYPD officer who died a hero – after being injured in a fire in Coney Island, Brooklyn.
As CBS 2’s Tony Aiello reported, hundreds of New York’s finest gathered as flags were lowered to half-staff, and a bugler played “Taps,” for veteran NYPD Officer Dennis Guerra.
Guerra, 38, succumbed to his injuries Wednesday after being critically hurt in the fire. Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said Guerra “died trying to save others.”
The officer was pronounced dead shortly before 7 a.m. at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, police said. The married father of four had more than seven years on the job.
Guerra was one of two officers critically hurt in Sunday’s blaze that police said was started when 16-year-old Marcell Dockery allegedly lit a mattress on fire in the hallway of a high-rise at 2007 Surf Ave., in the Coney Island Houses public housing development.