BROOKLYN - The mother of police officer Rosa Rodriguez spoke publicly for the first time.

Officer Rodriguez was critically injured responding to a high-rise fire in Coney Island on Sunday. She is fighting for her life at the Weill Cornell Medical Center's burn unit in Manhattan.

"I'm proud of her and I'm asking God to keep her here with me, " said Carmen Rodriguez, officer Rodriguez's mother.

Fellow police officer, Dennis Guerra, died from his injuries in the fire.

Marcell Dockery, 16, of Coney Island, is accused of setting the fire. He told detectives he did it because he was bored.