Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 8 years
Badge # 5711
Incident Date: 4/6/2014
Police Officer Dennis Guerra died from injuries he sustained after responding to a residential apartment building fire.
Officer Guerra and his partner responded to a fire on the 13th floor of a New York City Housing Authority building in the Coney Island section of Brooklyn. As Officer Guerra and his partner stepped off the elevator onto the 13th floor, they were immediately overcome by heavy smoke and carbon monoxide fumes. The officers radioed for assistance, and members of the New York City Fire Department responded and found both officers unconscious and unresponsive. Officer Guerra was resuscitated with CPR and transported to a local hospital. He was later transferred to a specialized hospital in the Bronx, where he died three days later from his injuries. Officer Guerra's partner was removed to a local hospital where she is in critical but stable condition.
It was determined that the fire was intentionally set by a 16-year-old arsonist, who lit a mattress on fire in the hallway of the building. He was arrested by detectives and subsequently convicted of murder.
Officer Guerra had served with the New York City Police Department for eight years and is survived by his wife and four children. He was assigned to Police Service Area 1.
At his funeral Officer Guerra was posthumously promoted to Detective by Police Commissioner William Bratton.