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NYPD officer badly hurt in deadly Coney Island fire leaves hospital

Rosa Rodriguez, photo courtesy of NYPD DCPI

Associated Press

A police officer who was severely injured while responding to a Brooklyn fire has left the hospital.

Officer Rosa Rodriguez rolled into the sunshine in a wheelchair but in uniform on Monday from Weill Cornell Medical Center.

The beaming mother of four was greeted by wild cheers from fellow officers and the sound of bagpipes.

She spent almost six weeks at the Manhattan hospital, including the first four days in a coma.

The April fire killed her partner, Dennis Guerra. His parents were there as Rodriguez was released from the hospital.

The officers were overcome by smoke at a Coney Island housing project. Police say a teenager set fire to a mattress in a hallway. He's now charged with murder.

May 19, 2014 - 1:00pm


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