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Friday, April 11, 2014  Hey,

The NYPD has overhauled its "fire response" protocol - and is working on plans to provide basic fire training to officers in the wake of adeadly arson fire that killed a seven-year NYPD veteran and critically injured another officer. Hmmmm.


The Police Chief ordered new rules that went into effect immediately, including maintaining communication with fire dispatchers, taking the stairs whenever possible and being mindful of exits when responding to an emergency situation.


The NYPD confirmed the changes, originally reported by media but prior to the directive, there was no protocol for officers responding to a fire. One suggestion was that they await the FDNY, control the scene area, traffic and not operate in fire conditions. 


Additional training from the FDNY is also being "considered" - a "Fire 101" course that offers insight into fires, which hasn't been done in decades.


As you know, Police Officer Dennis Guerra, 38, and Police Officer Rosa Rodriguez, 36, were at 2007 Surf Ave. in Coney Island on Sunday and got in an elevator to the 13th floor, where they were overcome by the smoke. They were both unconscious when FDNY members rescued them.


Officer Guerra died days after the incident, and Officer Rodriguez remains hospitalized in critical condition.


In yet another incident on Thursday, an NYPD sergeant and an officer were hospitalized with smoke inhalation at a fire in a Williamsburg apartment building.


The day after the Coney Island fire, the FDNY brought three of the NYPD's top cops to the hallway where the two officers were overcome with smoke. 


The visit prompted the department to implement major changes, and they are "considering" bringing FDNY personnel to NYPD to provide fundamental information about fires.


“It's a basic ‘Fire 101' course that is

thought to inform the [NYPD] about what they should be prepared for ....or avoid,” a source explained.


Police Commissioner William Bratton said the two cops did not break any department protocol by responding to the emergency situation, because there was none.

NYPD does not have, and has not had any policies specific to this issue of going into buildings that are on fire.  Perhaps re-evaluating a role that doesn't include placing the cops in any fire related environment might be considered...just say'n.

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.


The Secret List 4-11-14-1417 hours





NY FIRE UPDATE: Police Officer LODD (The Secret List)

Wednesday, April 9, 2014  All,

One of the officers who was critically hurt in a Coney Island blaze that police said was started when a 16-year-old boy lit a mattress on fire in the hallway of a building, has died.
NYPD Housing Officer Dennis Guerra, a 38-year-old married father of four, died shortly before 7 a.m. at Montifiore Hospital, police said. Guerra had more than seven years on the job.

His colleague, 36-year-old Rosa Rodriguez, is at the burn unit at Weill Cornell Medical Center. Rodriguez is a single mother of four kids and a four-year veteran of the NYPD Housing Bureau.

“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 Lynch said in a statement. “We must learn from this tragedy so that their sacrifices will not have been made in vain.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Guerra and Rodriguez families, friends and their fellow officers.”

Both officers were hurt Sunday when they were overcome by smoke and carbon monoxide while responding to a fire at a residential high-rise on Surf Avenue. They were hit by a wall of smoke when they reached the 13th floor by elevator.

On radio transmissions, the officers could be heard gasping for air.


“Can’t breathe, can’t breathe.”

: “He can’t breathe. He’s on the 14th floor. They’re on the 14th floor. They can’t breathe.”


: “OK, 13th floor.The FDNY was just minutes behind them.Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said firefighters found the officers “unconscious and unresponsive” in the hallway.
Bratton said New York City does not have any specific policies in place when it comes to police entering a burning a building or using elevators, an issue he said they’re now addressing.

“Most other major cities do not have a policy or training to address this issue. It’s something we are certainly, we are, based on this incident, going to correct very quickly for ourselves,” Bratton said.

Meanwhile, 16-year-old Marcell Dockery, who lives in the building, has been charged with arson, assault and reckless endangerment. Police said he confessed to starting the fire by lighting a mattress in the hallway of the 13th floor because he was bored. 

Our condolences to his family and the members of the NYPD.

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.


The Secret List 4-9-14 0945 hours





NY FIRE UPDATE: Police Officer Declared Brain Dead-Teen Charged (The Secret List)

Tuesday, April 8, 2014  All,

One of the Police Officers trapped in that Brooklyn apartment building fire allegedly set by a "bored" teen has been declared brain dead, media sources are reporting.

Officer Dennis Guerra remains on life support at Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx, where he was transferred after doctors struggled to stabilize him at Coney Island Hospital and Jacobi Hospital.

Family members wept outside an intensive care unit today in a hallway crawling with concerned cops and a police department chaplain.

Officer Guerra, 38, a married father of four, and his partner Officer pRosa Rodriguez, 36, were the first two on the scene of a fire in a Coney Island apartment building, where they were immediately overcome by smoke as they stepped off the 13th-floor elevator and into a hallway where a mattress was set on fire.

Officer Rodriguez was in critical condition at Cornell Medical Center’s burn unit in Manhattan where she was placed in a hyperbaric chamber.

After the accused arsonist, Marcell Dockery, 16, told investigators he was “bored,” according to sources, he was caught on camera with a wide grin as he was walked from a Brooklyn precinct, a gesture that outraged cops and Guerra’s heartbroken family.

“We saw him smiling on TV, is this a joke? We are going through so much right now,”said Guerra’s mother, Miriam, outside her home before rushing off to the hospital as Guerra’s condition worsened.

“This is a very tough time for us. Because he was bored, two officers are now fighting for their lives, and one of them is my son,” she said.

Dockery — who set up an entire Facebook page devoted to his “obsession’’ with fire — was charged with felony arson and assault and reckless endangerment. We'll post more as it becomes available. 

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.


The Secret List 4-8-14 2040 hours





Working Fire: 2 Cops Trapped-Very Critical (The Secret List)

Sunday, April 6, 2014  All,

Two NYPD police officers have been critically injured while operating in a fire at a Coney Island (Brooklyn) high-rise apartment building.

FDNY received the initial call at 1228 hours of a 13th floor apartment fire in the 18 story building at 2007 Surf Avenue.

Initial reports are that the Police Officers used an elevator to get up to the fire floors - in what appears to be an attempt to assist the occupants - but the elevator stopped and they became trapped, and suffered severe smoke inhalation.

One officer is reported in cardiac arrest. KTIYP's. Much more to follow.

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.


The Secret List 4-6-14-1400 hours






Sunday, April 6, 2014  Hey,

On Thursday, a North Carolina Firefighter was struck at the scene of a wildland fire. Due to smoke conditions, there was zero visibility as the Candor Firefighters (Montgomery County) arrived on the scene at 1414 hours - and were walking to the rear of the truck - when a passenger vehicle struck FF Earl Harrington.

The fire apparatus was pulled about halfway off the road, and when FF Harrington was struck, he was pinned underneath the fire apparatus. 

Initially, as Firefighters went to the rear of the truck - to put out traffic cones and get set up to fight the fire, a passing Jeep hit the rig, pinning FF Harrington between the vehicles. A second vehicle, also traveling eastbound on the two-lane rural road, then hit the Jeep. 

FF Harrington was flown out and taken to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill. As a result of his injuries, his left leg had to be amputated. He is listed in stable condition with additional surgery anticipated.

The driver of the passenger vehicle was taken to Moore Regional Hospital for evaluation. We wish FF Harrington a very successful recovery.

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.


The Secret List 4-5-14/2307 hours






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