A firefighter died in the line of duty after falling from a section of the Belt Parkway in Mill Basin, Brooklyn on Sunday night. Steven Pollard, 30, was a probationary firefighter at Ladder Company 170 and had been with the FDNY for a year and a half. Officials said that his father is a retired firefighter while his brother is an active firefighter with Ladder Company 14.
At a press conference at Kings County Hospital, Mayor Bill de Blasio said, "This is a family who has done so much for New York City and now they're going through this loss and this pain. It's a very, very tough situation."
The FDNY had been responding to a two-car accident on the westbound lanes of the Belt Parkway just east of Flatbush around 10 p.m. Firefighters had approached the scene from the eastbound lanes, and Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said, "As they were going to help the victims at that accident, Firefighter Pollard slipped through a gap in the roadway and fell to the ground approximately 52 feet below."
It is with deep regret that @NYCMayor Bill de Blasio and FDNY Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro announce the death of Probationary Firefighter Steven H. Pollard. Read more: https://t.co/zed7Wc4rvi pic.twitter.com/K71VacIigp
— FDNY (@FDNY) January 7, 2019
The gap was three feet wide, according to WABC 7. Pollard was pronounced dead at Kings County Hospital. The victims of the crash were hospitalized for their injuries.
"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," Commissioner Nigro said. "He is the 1,151st member of the Bravest to give his life in the service of the people of this city. As his family mourns him, the Department mourns him, and certainly the citizens of our city mourn him."
WCBS 2 reports, "Investigators are now working to determine whether construction or ice in the area were factors."