NEW YORK (NBC New York) – An FDNY firefighter died late Sunday after he fell more than 50 feet off a bridge in Brooklyn while trying to help injured people at the scene of a car wreck, officials say.
Probationary firefighter Steven Pollard, 30, who comes from a family of FDNY firefighters, rushed to the scene of the crash around 10 p.m. on the westbound side of the Belt Parkway, just east of Flatbush, FDNY Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro said early Monday at a press conference. Pollard tried jumping from one side to the other when he slipped through a gap on the Mill Basin overpass and plunged 52 feet to the concrete below.
Pollard, who was assigned to Ladder Company 170 in Brooklyn, was pronounced dead at an area hospital a short time later. He had been on the job for a year and a half and is the 1,151 member of the FDNY to die in the line of duty.
New York Firefighter Dies After Falling From Belt Parkway in Brooklyn, New York Times
FDNY firefighter dead after fall from bridge, New York Post
FDNY firefighter dies after falling off bridge in Brooklyn while on emergency call, New York Daily News
Firefighter Dies In Line Of Duty In Brooklyn, CBS New York
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