Fallen FDNY Firefighter's Wake, Funeral Planned For Later This Week

January 08, 2019 - 2:12 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Funeral services will be held later this week for the FDNY firefighter who died Sunday night after falling from a Brooklyn drawbridge while trying to help people in a car crash.

The FDNY announced Tuesday that a wake for Steven Pollard will be held Wednesday, Jan. 9 from 7-9 p.m. and on Thursday, Jan. 10 from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at Marine Park Funeral Home.

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

Pollard 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.

The man who was freed from the wreckage, Correction Officer Travis Simms, says firefighters told him it wasn’t his fault, but notes that he only feels guilt.

“He risked his life in order to save mine, and you know, he ended up making the ultimate sacrifice,” Simms told CBS 2 News.

According to the New York Post, some firefighters did make it across the space and freed Simms from his overturned vehicle while others rushed to help Pollard.

Simms said he worked with Pollard while the two were employed for Jet Blue at JFK Airport and was devastated when he was told what had happened.

He said he will be attending the funeral to give his thanks and say goodbye.