(09/02/10) BROOKLYN - The officer who was suspended for allegedly failing to assist an 11-year-old girl who died from an asthma attack insists he did help, according to the New York Post.

The paper says Officer Alfonso Mendez said he told Briana Ojeda's mother he didn't know CPR, but that a Good Samaritan was already performing it on the little girl. He also said that he escorted the girl to the hospital with his lights and sirens on. Officer Mendez, a five-year veteran with the 84th Precinct, was suspended without pay by the NYPD.

Ojeda, 11, was buried yesterday.