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NYPD Officer Dennis Guerra, 38. NYPD Officer Dennis Guerra, 38.
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

One of the NYPD officers who was injured responding to a fire started by a "bored" teen in an apartment building in Coney Island has died. Dennis Guerra, 38, was declared dead at 6:50 a.m. Wednesday at Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx.

He was transferred there after doctors had difficulty stabilizing him at Coney Island Hospital and Jacobi Hospital.

Guerra and his partner, Rosa Rodriguez, 33, were overcome by carbon monoxide and smoke on Sunday after taking an elevator to the 13th floor of the Brooklyn building.

Rodriguez was listed in critical condition on Wednesday.

Marcell Dockery, 16, was charged in connection with the fire. He was arraigned on charges of assault, arson and reckless endangerment and held without bail.

He reportedly told investigators he was "bored" when he started the fire.

Bill de Blasio took a moment to pay tribute to Guerra at the beginning of his address to the National Action Network convention.

"He went selflessly towards the flame, selflessly towards those who are in danger, no matter what the risk to him," de Blasio said. "It's something that our police officers do every day. It's something our first responders do every day. It is something we need to appreciate every day."

The union that represents uniformed officers issued a statement about Guerra's death.

"We pray that every young person who hears of the tragic passing of hero police officer Dennis Guerra and of the suffering of officer Rosa Rodriguez and their families, learns that there deadly consequences that result from foolish actions," PBA President Patrick J. Lynch said in the statement. "We must learn from this tragedy so that their sacrifices will not have been made in vain."

NYPD Commissioner William Bratton said Tuesday the NYPD will develop a policy for officers using an elevator while responding to a fire.

Guerra is survived by his wife, Cathy, and four children, Bratton said in a statement.

"On behalf of the New York City Police Department, I extend my deepest condolences to the family of Officer Guerra," Bratton said. "It has been said that what we do for ourselves dies with us, but what we do for others and the world is immortal."

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