NEW YORK (AP) — New York City police say a veteran officer injured while responding to a mattress fire in the hallway of a Brooklyn apartment building has died.
A police spokesman, Sgt. Lee Jones, said Officer Dennis Guerra died at 6:50 a.m. Wednesday.
The 38-year-old officer and his partner, Rosa Rodriguez, were overcome by carbon monoxide and smoke. They were responding to a fire Sunday on the 13th floor of the Coney Island apartment building.
Police allege a 16-year-old set fire to the mattress out of boredom. The teen has been charged with assault, arson and reckless endangerment.
Guerra was married with three children and had more than seven years on the job. Rodriquez remains hospitalized in critical condition.