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NYPD officer badly hurt in deadly Coney Island fire leaves hospital

May 19, 2014 Associated Press
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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.

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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.


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