FDNY Firefighter Dies After Fall From Bridge In Brooklyn

January 07, 2019 - 4:39 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — A 30-year-old FDNY firefighter died Sunday night after falling from a Brooklyn drawbridge while trying to help people injured in a car crash.

The FDNY said Steven Pollard fell from the Mill Basin Bridge in Canarsie around 10:30 p.m., as he was trying to jump between the east and westbound lanes to reach two vehicles involved in the crash.

Pollard slipped through a gap separating the elevated lanes and fell more than 50 feet to the concrete below.

He was rushed to Kings County Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

On Monday night, “Amazing Grace” was played at Ladder Co. 170 in Brooklyn as more than 100 firefighters offered a salute to Pollard.

The 30-year-old was with the department for less than two years, coming from a family of FDNY firefighters, including his father and brother.

“Any job we gave him, he accomplished it, any tests we asked him to do, he did it well. He just recently got off probation. He was a good firefighter, he was on his way to being a great firefighter,” said Captain Jimmy Quinn, standing outside the firehouse in Canarsie.

“He passed his probation with flying colors, this patch will be on his helmet that will be present to his family at the funeral,” Quinn said, holding a patch with the number 170 on it.

Earlier in the day, FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro and Mayor Bill de Blasio also took a moment to honor Pollard.

“To lose a courageous, young firefighter, just beginning his career, like this is devastating to our entire department,” Nigro said.

De Blasio said Pollard “was trying to do such a good and important thing and it’s just really painful to see him as we did in the hospital room.”

“In his short amount of time on the job, Steven Pollard made a massive impact in the Brooklyn community and was very well liked by his officers and fellow firefighters for his excellent work," Gerard Fitzgerald, president of the Uniformed Firefighters Association, stated. "Steven came from a line of firefighters who -- time and time again -- put their lives on the line to protect all New Yorkers."

"Steven was an example of an exemplary firefighter and young man who placed service to his community above all else," FDNY Fire Officers Association President Jake Lemonda stated. "Though he had only been on the job a short time, his distinguished impact on his firehouse will be his eternal legacy in the Fire Department of New York, and we will forever honor his memory by following the example he set."

The FDNY said Pollard is the 1,151st member of the FDNY to die in the line of duty.