You gave your all to protect and serve us, and for that we are eternally grateful.
Officer Dennis Guerra, 38
New York City Police Department
April 9. 2014 – Officer Guerra and his partner responded to a fire and, while attempting to help residents inside the burning building, both officers were overcome by the heat and smoke. Firefighters arrived and found the officers unconsciousness. They immediately started CPR and transported the two officers to the hospital, where Officer Guerra later succumbed to his injuries. His partner is currently hospitalized but she is expected to make a full recovery. Investigators learned the fire was started intentionally by a 16-year-old arsonist.
Officer Guerra is survived by his wife and four children.
Police Officer II Chris Cortijo, 51
Los Angeles California Police Department
April 9, 2014 – Officer Chris Cortijo died as a result of injuries received when his police motorcycle was struck from behind by a driver who was traveling at a high rate of speed while under the influence of cocaine. Officer Cortijo was trapped between the impaired driver’s vehicle and the car in front.