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Firefighter, 30, falls to his death while attempting to save car crash victims

Manuela Cardiga
Jan 10, 2019
06:00 P.M.
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A 30-year old NY firefighter died in a tragic accident during a rescue mission.

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On January 6, 2019, the FDNY was called to the scene of a car crash on the Belt Parkway's overpass bridge.

As the firefighters ran toward the vehicles involved in the crash on the opposite side of the bridge, a tragic accident occurred.

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“I just heard, ‘Oh, my God! Oh, my God! [A] firefighter fell, he fell through, he fell through.’”

Travis Simms

FIREFIGHTER FELL TO HIS DEATH DURING RESCUE

Steven Pollard, 30, fell through the space dividing the eastbound and westbound lanes on the overpass. He fell to his death on the ground, 52 feet below the bridge.

Pollard had stepped over a Jersey barrier, unaware that on the other side was a 3-foot gap, opening over a deadly fall.

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The Mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio, paid his respects to Steven Pollard and his family.

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THE BRIDGE WAS STILL UNDER CONSTRUCTION

The overpass bridge from which Pollard fell to his death is still under construction, and the Department of Transportation would not comment on whether the gap will remain when the structure is completed.

The accident is under investigation by the DOT and the FDNY.

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THE CAR CRASH VICTIM WAS POLLARD'S COLLEAGUE

Travis Simms, one of the victims of the car crash, was horrified by the firefighter's death, and confessed to struggling with feelings of guilt. Ironically, he worked with Pollard for JetBlue at JFK Airport.

Both Simms and the occupants of the other vehicle involved in the crash suffered only minor injuries.

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POLLARD HONORED BY NY MAYOR

The Mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio, paid his respects to Steven Pollard and his family and ordered flags in the city flown at half-staff on January 7 in his honor.

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The young man belongs to a family of firefighters, and both his father and his brothers serve the City's Fire Department. Steven Pollard was buried with full honors, and is mourned by his friends and colleagues.

Read more stories about real-life heroes on Twitter Amomama USA.

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GEORGIA FIREFIGHTER SAVES A PUPPY

Another brave firefighter rescued a tiny victim from certain death and ended up transforming his own life.

Animal Control called in the Dekalb Fire Department to assist in the rescue of a puppy stranded on the bank of a pond and in risk of drowning.

The Georgia firefighters saved the tiny puppy, and Animal Control asked the men if any of them would consider adopting the homeless animal.

Firefighter Patrick Harrison who was directly involved in the rescue accepted the challenge and took the sweet puppy home. The little dog is now being fetted as "Company 21's Best Friend."

In a related story, a California waitress wrote firefighters a thank-you note that went viral

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