Officer Dennis Guerra, one of the two officers critically injured after rushing into a burning Coney Island apartment building to help residents, died from his injuries early this morning.

Guerra, 38, a married father or four, was first declared brain dead and on life support yesterday. This morning, at 6:50 a.m., he further slipped away and was pronounced dead at Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx, according to the New York Post.

“We lost a good man this morning. Officer Guerra was exemplary – he went to try to help people in need. Our hearts go out to the Guerra family – we will stand by them,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “I have gotten to know his family in the past few days, a wonderful family,” the mayor said. “On behalf of all 8.4 million New Yorkers, our hearts go out to them.”

Guerra was an eight-year veteran of the force.

His partner, Rosa Rodriguez, 36, remains in critical condition, and a family member told the Daily News that “She’s doing much better,” and that doctors believe she may make a full recovery.

The two were injured after they rushed into a New York City Housing Authority building at 2007 Surf Avenue in response to a fire on Monday. They arrived mere minutes after the call and took the elevator up to the 13th floor.

When the doors opened, thick black smoke blasted into the elevator. Rodriguez and Guerra called for backup, and were heard over the police scanners gasping for breath before becoming unresponsive to the dispatcher’s calls.

Dockery (Source: Facebook)

Dockery (Source: Facebook)

Police arrested 16-year-old Marcell Dockery, a tenant in the building who reportedly confessed to lighting a mattress on fire in the hallway because he was “bored.” The fire spread more quickly than he anticipated, and he fled to his apartment on another floor.

Dockery has been charged with two counts of assault, one count of arson, and one count of reckless endangerment.

The district attorney may tack on felony murder charges for the death of Guerra.

His mother also faces eviction from the building because of his actions.

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  • so tired

    “may” charge him with felony murder?? Charge him convict him and hang his useless waste of a human ass in the middle of Surf Houses. “May” evict his mother?? Throw her useless ass into the street. How many other pieces of crap did she bring into the world and fail to raise? What a shame that 4 kids have lost a good, hard working father, a wife will bury her husband and for what? Because they are trying to protect and serve these vermin?

  • Bikerchick

    Know what? This loser is gonna get off easy because they are going to play the “mentally unfit to stand trial” card. They’ll send him for a psych evaluation and this is what they are going to come back with. Watch, I can almost guarantee it. Meanwhile a man who woke up in the morning doing his job is going to be laid to rest because of this loser. Resst in peace officer and may our your family find strength and comfort in the days ahead, So sad.

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  • Ada H

    Truly upsetting this was the result of a kid’s “boredom”… I don’t know what kind of punishment he will get since he is only 16. RIP Officer Guerra, my condolences go out to your family and loved ones.

  • Jamal Imannyggar

    Setting fires is typical behavior for an African Jyggab00. Its a part of their feral African heritage and they cannot be dosmesticated so they can live peacefully and responsibly within the white human civilized society. JYGAB00Z are in no way part of the human race. This is so sad indeed!!!

    • Joe

      Jamal, the only thing you are doing when you post this drivel is that YOU are the epitome of everything that is wrong with any society. If you have enough time to post here, you have enough time to educate yourself.
      Pity that you have access to a computer.

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  • jonneh

    I hope he gets raped in jail.

  • bananarama

    his fb selfie disgusts me. i cannot comprehend how this worthless little person is so in love with himself.

  • Three “K” Monty (K K K)

    Hang this worthless Porch Monkey high from a tree and turn him into a Mississippi Wind Chime.

  • joj

    Fire BERKE. He bans people for supposed racially insensetive comments about person’s indicted for felony murder. GET OUT BERKE!

    • Berke for President

      Go find another playground. Shoo!