The FDNY identified the firefighter as 30-year-old Steven Pollard.
It is with deep regret that @NYCMayor Bill de Blasio and FDNY Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro announce the death of Probationary Firefighter Steven H. Pollard. Read more: https://t.co/zed7Wc4rvi pic.twitter.com/K71VacIigp— FDNY (@FDNY) January 7, 2019
Investigators will return to the section of the Belt Parkway Monday morning to better understand what went wrong.
Officials say the probationary firefighter was responding to a car accident Sunday night on an elevated section of the highway that crosses the Mill Basin.
"The members of 170 had responded in the opposite direction, on the eastbound side, and needed to cross over the roadway to assist the injured motorists," said FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro. "And in the process of crossing over, Steven fell to the ground below."
Pollard crossed the Jersey barrier not knowing there was a roughly three-foot gap between the east and westbound lanes, officials say.
He fell approximately 52 feet onto hard sand.
Pollard was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Pollard comes from a family of Brooklyn firefighters- his father, Ray Sr. served 31 years and his brother, Ray Jr. served 11.
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