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Yonkers firefighter hurt in training dies

Yonkers firefighter Antonio Rodriques, 49, died Tuesday night

Yonkers firefighter Antonio Rodriques, 49, died Tuesday night of complications from a stroke. Rodriques served with Ladder 74 on Radford Street and was a 12-year veteran of the Yonkers Fire Department. (August 1, 2012) Photo Credit: Yonkers Fire Department

A Yonkers firefighter died late Tuesday night of injuries suffered earlier this year during training, Mayor Mike Spano's office said Wednesday.

Antonio Rodriques died at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla of complications from a stroke. He was 49.

"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."

Christina Gilmartin, a spokeswoman for Spano, told News12 on Wednesday that Rodriques suffered a hemorrhagic stroke earlier this year during a training exercise. The Yonkers Fire Department didn't provide additional details about the initial incident, and it's not clear exactly what Rodriques was doing when he suffered the injury.

A hemorrhagic stroke is characterized by internal bleeding in the brain or between the brain and protective membranes, according to the Mayo Clinic. Such a stroke can be fatal when fluid buildup from internal bleeding disrupts vital brain functions.

Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday at Immaculate Conception/St. Mary's Church at 103 S. Broadway in Yonkers. Wake hours are 2 to 9 p.m. on Friday at Flynn Funeral Home at 1652 Central Ave.

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