Funeral set for FDNY firefighter who died trying to help crash victim

FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro and Mayor Bill de Blasio are scheduled to give eulogies for Firefighter Steven Pollard


By Nicole Brown
AMNewYork

NEW YORK — The funeral services for the firefighter who died after falling from a bridge in Brooklyn while responding to a crash will be held this week. 

Wake services for Steven Pollard, 30, will be at the Marine Park Funeral Home on Wednesday and Thursday. The funeral will be on Friday at the Good Shepherd R.C. Church in Marine Park.

Wake services for Steven Pollard will be at the Marine Park Funeral Home on Wednesday and Thursday, and the funeral will be on Friday at the Good Shepherd R.C. Church in Marine Park. (Photo/FDNY)
Wake services for Steven Pollard will be at the Marine Park Funeral Home on Wednesday and Thursday, and the funeral will be on Friday at the Good Shepherd R.C. Church in Marine Park. (Photo/FDNY)

FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro and Mayor Bill de Blasio are scheduled to give eulogies, along with other speakers, a spokesman for the FDNY said.

Pollard, who had been on the job for a year and a half and recently cleared his probationary period,  would have had a great career as a fireman, Captain James Quinn said at a bunting ceremony on Monday. 

“Any job we gave him, he accomplished it. Any task we asked him to do, he did it well,” he said.

The firefighter had been responding to a two-car crash on the Belt Parkway's Mill Basin bridge at about 10 p.m. Sunday when he fell to his death, officials said. He was crossing from one side of the roadway to the other and slipped through a 2.5- to 3-foot gap, falling about 52 feet, Nigro said.

Pollard comes from a family of FDNY firefighters — his dad is retired and his brother is a current member in Brooklyn. 

A benefit fund, Answer the Call, announced Monday it would provide financial assistance to Pollard’s family. 

“We pledge our support to the Pollard family at this time and will never forget Steven’s bravery and sacrifice,” the organization said in a statement.   

Below are the details of Pollard’s funeral services:

Wake

Marine Park Funeral Home, 3024 Quentin Rd., Brooklyn

Wednesday, 7 to 9 p.m.

Thursday, 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. 

Funeral

Good Shepherd R.C. Church, 1950 Batchelder St., Brooklyn

Friday, 11:30 a.m.

A committal service will follow at the Green-Wood Crematory Chapel, 500 25th St., Brooklyn

McClatchy-Tribune News Service
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