According to a recent report, a New York firefighter fell 50 feet to his death after falling through a gap in one of the bridges in Brooklyn, where he had gone in response to a car accident. Steven H Pollard, who was still on probation at the FDNY, was walking between the carriageways of the Mill Basin Bridge in Brooklyn on Sunday when the tragic incident took place. The Mill Basin bridge, which had always been a solid bridge throughout, had been recently rebuilt to include a 3ft wide gap between each side of the road. NYPD Police Commissioner James O’Neill tweeted early Monday that the entire department was paying their condolences to Pollard’s family, friends, and colleagues.
‘#NYC will never forget your sacrifice,’ the tweet read. FDNY Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro and Mayor Bill de Blasio, in a statement posted on the department’s Facebook page, said: “It’s an incredibly sad night for the Pollard family, for the Fire Department family, and for our city. He lost his life tonight in the process of helping others.”
Nigro said that Ladder Company 170 in Brooklyn had been called to the two-car accident with injuries on the Belt Parkway, just east of Flatbush, on Sunday at 10 p.m. While firefighters rushed to help the victims, Pollard slipped through a gap in the roadway and fell approximately 52 feet to the ground below.
Although he was rushed to a Kings County Hospital, he was pronounced dead on arrival by the medical practitioners. Pollard was a probationary firefighter with a year-and-half on the job, according to Nigro. He hailed from a family of firefighters including his father, retired Firefighter Ray Pollard and his brother, Firefighter Ray Pollard, Jr. “This is a family who has done so much for New York City and now they’re going through this loss and this pain,” said the mayor. “It’s a very, very tough situation.” The 30-year-old firefighter was the 1,151st member of the FDNY to die in the line of duty, a press release said.
Investigators are now working to determine whether construction or ice in the area were factors.“Steven was an example of an exemplary firefighter and young man who placed service to his community above all else,” FDNY Uniformed Fire Officers Association President Jake Lemonda said in a statement. “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.”