Wake for FDNY Firefighter Killed in Fall During Rescue in Brooklyn

7 Online - January 11, 2019

MILL BASIN, Brooklyn (WABC) -- Mourners gathered Wednesday night at a wake for the FDNY firefighter who died while trying to save victims of a crash in Brooklyn.

It marked the start of three days of services for Steven Pollard.

Pollard, 30, died Sunday when he fell through a gap on the Belt Parkway while responding to a car accident.

Hundreds turned out to pay their respects.

"At a time when people are tempted to get cynical and wonder where our heroes are, where sacrifice and selflessness is, all you've got to do is think about Steven Pollard," said Cardinal Timothy Dolan.

"We all hope that when our loved ones go off to work each tour they come back safe," said FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro. "But in the back of each family's mind is the knowledge that they may not."