FDNY firefighter falls from bridge responding to accident

MILL BASIN, New York (AP) — An FDNY firefighter responding to a car accident in Brooklyn fell from the Mill Basin overpass and later died at a hospital.

NYPD Police Commissioner James O'Neill tweeted early Monday that the entire department sends its condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of the unidentified firefighter who fell Sunday night. "#NYC will never forget your sacrifice," the tweet read.

In statement posted on the department's Facebook page Monday morning FDNY Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro and Mayor Bill de Blasio identified the probationary firefighter as Steven H. Pollard.

"It's an incredibly sad night for the Pollard family, for the Fire Department family, and for our city," Nigro said. "He lost his life tonight in the process of helping others."

Nigro said Ladder Company 170 in Brooklyn was called to the two-car accident with injuries on the Belt Parkway, just east of Flatbush, on Sunday at 10 p.m. As the firefighters were going to help the victims Pollard slipped through a gap in the roadway and fell approximately 52 feet to the ground below. He was pronounced dead at a Kings County Hospital.

Pollard is the 1,151st member of the FDNY to die in the line of duty, the statement said. He comes from a family of firefighters including his father, Ray Pollard, of Ladder 102 in Brooklyn and his brother Ray Pollard Jr. who is an active member of Ladder Company 114. He is also survived by his mother.

De Blasio and O'Neill went to the hospital after the accident.

"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," de Blasio said.

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