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Bagpipes, Applause Greet Officer Hurt in Fire That Killed Fellow Cop

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    The police officer critically hurt responding to the Coney Island apartment building blaze that killed her NYPD partner was released from the hospital Monday, more than a month and a half after the fire allegedly set by a 16-year-old boy. Marc Santia has the story. (Published Monday, May 19, 2014)

    The police officer critically hurt responding to the Coney Island apartment building blaze that killed her NYPD partner was released from the hospital Monday, more than a month and a half after the fire allegedly set by a 16-year-old boy.

    Rosa Rodriguez, 36, left NewYork-Presbyterian's Cornell Medical Center shortly after noon in a wheelchair and wearing her uniform. She held bouquets of flowers as bagpipers played and NYPD officers lined up on either side of the walkway to applaud her heroism and resiliency following the April 6 fire on Surf Avenue. 

    Raw Video: Officer Hurt in Brooklyn Blaze That Killed Partner Released From Hospital

    [NY] Raw Video: Officer Hurt in Brooklyn Blaze That Killed Partner Released From Hospital
    The police officer critically hurt responding to the Coney Island apartment building blaze that killed her partner was released from the hospital Monday, more than a month and a half after the fire allegedly set by a 16-year-old boy. (Published Monday, May 19, 2014)

    Rodriguez and her partner, 38-year-old Dennis Guerra, had taken an elevator to the 13th floor to help evacuate the building but were overcome by smoke when the doors opened. Both officers were taken to the hospital with smoke inhalation; Guerra died last month of his injuries.

    A married father of four and seven-year NYPD veteran, Guerra had two daughters, 20 and 14, and two sons, 17 and 7. 

    Teen Pleads Not Guilty to Murder in Brooklyn Fire That Killed NYPD Officer

    [NY] Teen Pleads Not Guilty to Murder in Brooklyn Fire That Killed NYPD Officer
    Marcell Dockery's lawyer says his client gave a false confession when police say he admitted to lighting the mattress on fire April 6. Andrew Siff reports (Published Thursday, May 1, 2014)

    Fire investigators ruled the fire arson and charged 16-year-old Marcell Dockery with murder, arson and reckless endangerment. The teen allegedly started the deadly blaze by setting a mattress on fire.

    The teenager pleaded not guilty to the charges earlier this month. His attorney, Jesse Young, said that Dockery was "coerced" into a confession after the NYPD allegedly turned the interrogation room into "a chamber of hell."

    Dockery is due back in court May 29.