Thousands Bid Final Farewell To Hero Firefighter Steven Pollard

January 11, 2019 - 3:19 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — New York said goodbye to a hero Friday morning.  

Thousands endured chilling weather outside Good Shepherd Church in Brooklyn earlier in the day, for the funeral procession for fallen FDNY firefighter Steven Pollard.

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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.

Mayor Bill de Blasio delivered one of the eulogies and said Pollard, 30, did not hesitate to help a stranger in need: “We know he saw himself a part of something greater.”

Jimmy Quinn, who was Pollard's captain for the past 14 months at Ladder Company 170, spoke at his wake on Thursday saying, "It’s so tragic, you know, he had such a promising future ahead." 

As WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell reported, there was a billboard bearing Pollard’s photo with the words “rest in peace” outside the church.

He explained the somber scene, in which thousands of firefighters stood in salute as Pollard’s casket was taken into the church to the sounds of bagpipes.

Pollard followed in the footsteps of his brother and father who were also members of the FDNY.

“He worked so hard for this career to follow his father and his brother into the world’s greatest fire department,” FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro said during the funeral service. “Bravery was in his blood.”

De Blasio notes that while Pollard may be gone, his legacy, examples and love will live on.