A day after an NYPD officer died from injuries sustained while responding to a Brooklyn fire, a pair of fearless cops rushed into another burning building Thursday to save an elderly man and a baby girl, sources said.
The hero cops were then rushed to a hospital after they complained of difficulty breathing.
Officials said the sergeant and his partner were knocking on doors in a Williamsburg tenement before they complained of difficulty breathing.
The two-alarm fire broke out on the second floor in the rear of a three-story building on Scholes Street at about 1 p.m.
Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said Sergeant Adrian Harris and officer Aml Elsokary got to the scene before firefighters arrived and began alerting tenants, much like the two officers who responded to a fire in a Coney Island apartment building Sunday, who then became trapped in the building’s elevator.
“Going in, the events on Sunday were very much on my mind,” Elsokary said, according to Bratton. “But I had to help. I could hear the baby crying.”
Elsokary, a mother of five, had changed her Facebook profile photo to show a black badge covered with a blue ribbon to honor the fallen cop.
Bratton said Harris and Elsokary had been briefed just hours earlier at a morning roll on new interim protocols for responding to fires, which include better communication and avoiding elevators.
“I have nothing but the highest praise for their actions today,” Bratton said. “They did an outstanding job.”
The cops were rushed to Woodhull Medical Center, where they were said to be stable, conscious and alert, officials said.
“It was a miracle that cop car came by,” said tenant Christina Frey, 39. “They stopped because of all the yelling.”
The father of the 1-year-old girl who was saved had nothing but praise for the officers.
“I’m very proud of the female cop for saving my baby girl,” said Felipe Arroyo, 38.
The Williamsburg scare came days after a fire allegedly set by a bored teen trapped a pair of cops who were the first on the scene.
Father of four Dennis Guerra, 38, died Wednesday from his injuries, and his partner, Rosa Rodriguez, 32, a mother of four, remains in critical condition in a Manhattan burn unit.
Sources said accused arsonist Marcell Dockery will face murder charges in the boredom-inspired fire he allegedly set that resulted in Guerra’s death.
Meanwhile, Guerra’s devastated family, including his wife, Cathy, spent the day putting the finishing touches on funeral plans.
“She’s being strong,” said Cathy’s father, Raymond Rivas, who flew in from Utah. “She breaks down here and there, so that’s why I’m here to support her and be there for her. Everyone is OK, except for my 12-year-old granddaughter. She having a difficult time. Things will work out.”
Guerra, the son of a retired NYPD detective, leaves four children behind.
“He was a good father,” Rivas said. “He was very dedicated to his family. He was well-loved by everyone.”
A Sunday wake followed by a Monday funeral was set for Guerra.
Republished with permission of The New York Post