Heartbreaking: Firefighter Steven Pollard fell to his dying Sunday whereas making an attempt to rescue two civilians trapped in a flipped-over automotive.
He was crossing over the Belt Parkway by the Mill Basin drawbridge — which, after a current rebuild, has a niche of as much as 3 ft between the east- and west-bound lanes, with a 52-foot drop.
The Ladder Co. 170 probie grew to become the FDNY’s 1,151st member to die in the road of responsibility, studies Commissioner Daniel Nigro. (No. 1,150 was Michael Davidson, 27, misplaced whereas combating a Harlem blaze final March.)
It’s yet another reminder of the dangers New York’s first responders face daily, and of the grim value that a few of these heroes pay as they attempt to maintain the remainder of us protected.
“It’s an incredibly sad night for the Pollard family, for the Fire Department family, for our city,” Nigro mentioned. “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 household: His father is a retired firefighter, whereas his brother Ray Jr. serves in a Brooklyn home.
Small comfort although it could be to his household, buddies and colleagues, the hearts of the entire metropolis are with them, together with grateful for the departed’s service.
May he relaxation in peace.