Officer Rosa Rodriguez leaves hospital after Coney Island arson fire
BROOKLYN - An officer hurt in a Coney Island arson fire last month was greeted with a hero's welcome as she left the hospital Monday.
Officer Rosa Rodriguez was released from New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center as dozens of members of the NYPD cheered and showered her with flowers.
The 36-year-old mother of four was overcome by toxic smoke when she and her partner, Officer Dennis Guerra, ran into a burning high-rise apartment building on Surf Avenue back on April 6. Guerra died from his injuries three days later.
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Dr. Palmer Bessey says Rodriguez has a long recovery process ahead that could take more than a year. The doctor says Rodriguez has had an amazingly positive attitude, which will continue to help her recover.
Rodriguez has already told her commanding officer that she wants to get back on the job as soon as possible.
Marcell Dockery, 16, is accused of setting the flames. He's facing a number of charges, including second-degree murder.