UPDATED 10:27 AM PT — Monday, January 7, 2019
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio recently addresses the press alongside the city’s fire commissioner, following the death of firefighter Steven Pollard.
Officials said Pollard was responding to a car crash late Sunday night, when he fell in between the gap separating the eastbound and westbound lanes of the Belt Parkway’s Mill Basin Drawbrdige in Brooklyn, falling more than 50 feet.
Pollard, a probationary firefighter of Ladder 170, was pronounced dead at Kings County Hospital Center that night.
Commissioner Daniel Nigro mourned the loss of Pollard, who had just began his career at the department a year and a half ago.
“To lose a member at the beginning of his career like this is devastating to us,” he stated.
Pollard came from a family of firefighters, which include his father and brother.
The last time a member of the New York City Fire Department was killed happened last March. Pollard is the 1,151st member of the New York Fire Department to die in the line of duty.
De Blasio has since ordered flags throughout the five boroughs to fly at half staff in honor of Pollard’s courage and sacrifice. He was 30-years-old.