Family, friends and colleagues gathered Sunday to remember the New York City Police Department officer who died after responding to a fire last weekend. NY1's Michael Herzenberg filed the following report.
They came alone and they came in groups, hundreds of police officers said goodbye to officer Dennis Guerra.
Mourners described the mood inside the viewing as being heavy and somber.
"I think they are coping with it very well from what I saw inside Kathy is a very strong woman they raised some strong kids," said one mourner.
Officer Guerra leaves behind his wife and four children, ages seven to 20.
A women who does not know the family personally but knows their situation offered words of encouragement. She lost her own son, a cop who died in the line of duty years ago.
"They have a long road to go, a long road," said the woman. "There is a tomorrow there is a tomorrow."
"He was the best. The best neighbor, the best father, the best son, everything. He was like glue that kept that family together," said one mourner.
Guerra's neighbors and friends stood alongside Police Commissioner William Bratton and Timothy Cardinal Dolan.
A week after Guerra and his partner officer Rosa Rodriguez rushed to answer calls for help at a public housing high-rise in Coney Island. The smoke from a mattress fire on the 13th floor overcame them.
The Brooklyn DA charged 16-year-old Marcell Dockery with arson and second degree murder.
"He took a father away from his kids, he took a husband away from his wife. This is not fair," said one mourner.
The children of the critically injured officer Rodriguez came dressed in white, a symbol perhaps of faith.
"He's a great loss but he's an angel watching over all the people in blue," said one mourner.
Funeral services for Guerra begin Monday at 11 a.m. at Saint Rose of Lima Church in Rockaway Beach.