New York City firefighter overpass, Dies After Falling 50 (Reports).
A city firefighter died Sunday night while responding to a crash with injuries in Brooklyn.
Steven Pollard, 30, of Brooklyn, was responding to the two-car crash at about 10 p.m. on the Mill Basin Bridge on the Belt Parkway, near Flatbush, when he fell between a gap on the roadway, authorities said.
Pollard, a probationary firefighter assigned to Ladder Co. 170 in Brooklyn, fell more than 50 feet to the concrete below, according to multiple reports.
“It’s an incredibly sad night for the Pollard family, for the Fire Department family, and for our city,” said FDNY Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro. “It’s a terrible loss for the Department; to lose a member just at the beginning of his career like this is devastating to us.”
Pollard is the son of a retired firefighter, brother of an active firefighter with Ladder Co. 114 and the 1,151st member of the FDNY to lose his life while working to save others, according to a press release.
Mayor Bill de Blasio described the incident as a “tough loss for everyone.”
“This is a family who has done so much for New York City and now they’re going through this loss and this pain.”