Steven Pollard


WATCH: Loved ones say goodbye to fallen FDNY hero Steven Pollard

January 11, 2019 - 10:34 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- A 30-year-old firefighter was being laid to rest Friday, after dying in a fall from the Mill Basin Drawbridge on Sunday night while responding to a car crash on the Belt Parkway.

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Captain Jimmy Quinn was at the wake on Thursday, and noted that Steven Pollard came from a family of firefighters.

"It was in his DNA to be a firefighters, and he was good at it, he was really good at it, he was going to be great at it one day," he said.

Kenny Altidor of Canarsie worked through the night to paint a 4x6 foot mural of firefighter of Pollard which he presented to Ladder Company 170.

"The goal behind this painting is to spread love and offer comfort for the fallen hero's family," he said.

FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro says Pollard's family will always be a part of the FDNY family.

"A mother, father, brother losing a young man like this can't really be comforted," Nigro said. "We will always be with them, we say we'll never forget, we really mean it. This family will always be a part of our family and I hope that knowledge comforts them."

Cardinal Timothy Dolan cited Pollard for his selflessness.

"At a time when people are tempted to get cynical and wonder where our heroes are, where sacrifice and selflessness is, all you've got to do is think about Steven Pollard," he said.

A massive turnout was on hand at the Good Shepherd Roman Catholic Church in Marine Park, as a casket carrying Pollard arrived.

Mayor Bill de Blasio gave one of four eulogies.

"On behalf of 8.6 million New Yorkers I offer my deepest condolonces to this good family," he said.

A fitting sendoff for the firefighter who died trying to reach car crash victims.