NY Post - January 11, 2019
Heartbreaking: Firefighter Steven Pollard fell to his death Sunday while trying to rescue two civilians trapped in a flipped-over car.
He was crossing over the Belt Parkway by the Mill Basin drawbridge — which, after a recent rebuild, has a gap of up to 3 feet between the east- and westbound lanes, with a 52-foot drop.
The Ladder Company 170 probie became the FDNY’s 1,151st member to die in the line of duty, reports Commissioner Daniel Nigro. (No. 1,150 was Michael Davidson, 27, lost while fighting a Harlem blaze last March.)
It’s one more reminder of the risks New York’s first responders face every day, and of the grim price that some of these heroes pay as they strive to keep the rest of us safe.
“It’s an incredibly sad night for the Pollard family, for the Fire Department family, for our city,” Nigro said. “One and a half years on the job, Steven Pollard had, just starting out, [lost] his life tonight in the process of helping others.”
Pollard, 30, hailed from an FDNY family: His father is a retired firefighter, while his brother Ray Jr. serves in a Brooklyn house.
Small consolation though it may be to his family, friends and colleagues, the hearts of the whole city are with them, and are grateful for his service.
May he rest in peace.