This story was updated at 8:30 p.m.
YONKERS, N.Y. – Yonkers firefighters are remembering a fallen colleague they say died as a result of injuries he sustained in department training earlier this year.
Yonkers firefighter Antonio Rodriques, a 12-year veteran of the department, died Tuesday evening at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla. Fire officials recognized Rodriques’ death as a “line-of duty death,” and said he was hospitalized as a result of injuries he sustained in May during department training.
In a news release, Mayor Mike Spano’s office said the 49-year-old firefighter died from complications from a hemorrhagic stroke suffered earlier this summer.
“The City of Yonkers lost one of its bravest men with the untimely passing of Yonkers Firefighter Antonio Rodriques,” Spano said in a statement. “Antonio served with the Yonkers Fire Department, giving of himself to the residents of our City with unyielding passion, commitment and strength. We will forever remember Firefighter Rodriques, along with our other fallen uniformed officers, and we extend our deepest sympathies to his family during this very difficult time.”
A Yonkers resident, Rodriques was assigned to Ladder 74 on Radford Street and the recipient of six departmental commendations during his career, according to the mayor’s office. He donated his organs to several recipients through the New York Organ Donation Network.
Rodriques is survived by his parents, Celeste and Celestino Rodriques, his brother, Lester C. Rodriques, his sister-in-law, Anna Maria Rodriques, his niece, Nicole Rodriques, his nephews, Matthew and Alex Rodriques, and his girlfriend, Amy Krawczyk.
A wake will be held from 2 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Flynn Funeral Home, 1652 Central Ave., in Yonkers. A mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Immaculate Conception/St. Mary’s Church at 103 South Broadway, followed by interment at St. Mary’s Cemetery. 114 Sprain Road, Yonkers.