QUEENS - Mourners turned out in droves on Sunday to pay their resects to NYPD Officer Dennis Guerra, who died in the line of duty while responding to a fire in Coney Island.
A viewing was held for Guerra at the James Romanelli-Stephen Funeral Home in the Ozone Park neighborhood of Queens.
Guerra responded to the fire on Surf Avenue last Sunday with his partner, fellow NYPD Housing Officer Rosa Rodriguez. Both were overcome by smoke and suffered carbon monoxide poisoning. Guerra passed away on Wednesday, and Rodriguez is still fighting for her life in the hospital.
As News 12 Brooklyn has reported, police last week arrested 16-year-old Marcell Dockery, who allegedly told investigators he started the fire because he was "bored." Dockery is charged with felony murder, arson and other charges, and if convicted, he faces 25 years to life in prison.
At Sunday's viewing, friends and fellow officers remembered Guerra as a family man and a hero. He leaves behind a wife and four children.
A funeral for Guerra will be held Monday at 11 a.m. in Rockaway Beach.