Officer injured in deadly Coney Island blaze to return home Monday
A police officer gravely injured after responding to a Coney Island apartment fire in April is scheduled to be released from the hospital on Monday.
Officer Rosa Rodriguez, 36, spent more than a month in recovery after she and her partner responded to the Brooklyn fire before they were overcome with smoke and passed out in the same hallway where the blaze started.
She was immediately taken to Lutheran Medical Center in critical condition, where doctors put Rodriguez in a medically-induced coma soon after the fire.
She was later transferred to the New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, where she is schedule to remain until her release Monday. A mother of four, Rodriguez opened her eyes in late April.
Her partner, Officer Dennis Guerra, 38, passed way on April 9 after three days of treatment for carbon monoxide poisoning and severe smoke inhalation at the Bronx’s Jacobi Medical Center.
Investigators apprehended 16-year-old Marcell Dockery as a suspect in the blaze and pleaded not guilty to setting a mattress on the 13th floor hallway on fire.
Police alleged that Dockery had confessed to lighting the mattress because he was bored, but the teen’s attorney argued the statement was coerced and involuntary.
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