‘He’s Going To Be Sorely Missed’: Firefighter Honored At Wake

January 10, 2019 - 5:25 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — It was an emotional scene in Marine Park Thursday during the final wake for fallen FDNY firefighter Steven Pollard.

As WCBS 880’s Mike Smeltz reported, there was a sense of compassion outside the Marine Park Funeral Home with hundreds of FDNY members lined up to pay their respects.

Steven Pollard Wake
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“This is the fire department, you know, we’re a brotherhood,” said Ladder Co. 170 Captain Jimmy Quinn.

Pollard, 30, died while trying to reach the driver of a vehicle, whose car had flipped on the Mill Basin Bridge after hitting a slippery patch of road.

As he tried to jump between the elevated east and westbound lanes, Pollard slipped through a gap and fell more than 50 feet to the ground below.

“It’s so tragic, you know, he had such a promising future ahead,” Quinn said.

He says Pollard had the potential to climb the ranks of the FDNY quickly and adds, “he’s going to be sorely missed.”

Quinn told WCBS 880 that Pollard’s father, Ray Pollard, is a retired firefighter himself and “has been a rock” the past few days.

Though it's a difficult time, he assures that Pollard’s family will be okay.

The 30-year-old will be laid to rest Friday at 11:30 a.m. at Good Shepherd Church in Brooklyn.