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FDNY firefighter falls from bridge to his death trying to save motorists in flipped car

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A New York firefighter lost his life after a fall as he was attempting to save injured motorists in a flipped car.

The 30-year-old probationary firefighter with Ladder Company 170 fell to the ground below the Belt Parkway’s Mill Basin drawbridge in Brooklyn on Sunday as he tried to reach trapped occupants of a car, the New York Post reported.

Steven Pollard was reportedly crossing over from the eastbound lanes to the westbound lanes when he fell 52 feet through a gap in the road that he may not have known was there, according to the Post. The recently rebuilt bridge now features a 2.5 to 3-foot wide space between each side of the highway.

“It’s a very sad night here in our city,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a press briefing Monday, adding that Pollard “was trying to do such a good and important thing and it’s just really painful to see him as we did in the hospital room.”

Pollard had only been on the job for less than two years and came from a family of firefighters, including his father, retired fireman Ray Pollard with 31 years of service and his brother Ray Pollard Jr. who works at a different Brooklyn station has been with the department 11 years, according to WABC-TV.

“What makes this even more painful is this is a family that’s served our city for decades,” de Blasio said. “[Pollard] devoted his life to the people of our city, like his brother, like his dad.”

Pollard was pronounced dead at Kings County Hospital where members of his family and company gathered at the news of the tragic accident.

His death marked the second in a year for the FDNY and is the 1,151 member of the department to die in the line of duty, according to a statement by fire commissioner Daniel Nigro.

“It’s an incredibly sad night for the Pollard family, for the Fire Department family, for our city,” Nigro said. “One and a half years on the job, Steven Pollard had, just starting out, [ended] his life tonight in the process of helping others.”

The mayor has ordered flags to be lowered throughout New York City to honor Pollard.

Condolences poured in from lawmakers and citizens alike.

Frieda Powers

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