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Steven H. Pollard




01/06/2019, BROOKLYN, NY

“Steven was everything we want in a firefighter. This young man was strong, smart, hard working, dedicated and above all, he was brave,” FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro said. “He did what few can do: Achieving his childhood dream and protecting the people of Brooklyn. He saved others and he made our city a safer place. We will never forget Steven. We will honor him. We will remember all the good he did. And our department will always hold the entire Pollard family in our hearts.”

There were moments of levity as Steven Pollard was fondly remembered by his colleague Firefighter Timothy Klein of Ladder 170.

“When it came to fire duty, Steve showed no fear. Now on the other hand, dressing as Santa Claus absolutely terrified him,” Klein joked. “He was the likely candidate to dress up as Santa Claus for a firehouse Christmas party [in 2017]. This would require Steve to have kids sit on his lap, hand them a toy, take pictures, possibly speak. Just hearing the possibility of this taking place made Steve sweat through the two t-shirts he was wearing. Guys would ask him to practice his ‘Ho-ho-ho.’ With a shrug of his shoulders, all Steve could muster out was ‘Ho.’ So, for the sake of the children, Steve was not Santa Claus that year. It was a tight squeeze into the costume, but we celebrated with him being an elf.”

Firefighter Pollard was appointed as a Firefighter in June of 2017 and assigned to Ladder Company 170 in Brooklyn. He is survived by loving family and friends. The Pollard family was built on bravery. His father Firefighter Raymond Pollard dedicated more than three decades to the FDNY, and his brother is in his 11th year with the department.

He will be remembered as a son, brother, friend and New York Rangers fan. The team honored him Thursday night with a moment of silence.

He was “Captain America” — a superhero with “bravery in his blood.”

Steven H. Pollard, the young firefighter who fell to his death while helping crash victims on the Belt Parkway was a new firefighter eager, and physically capable, he seemed to have stepped out of a Marvel comic book, childhood friend William Moch.

“He was strong and fast,” William Moch said addressing thousands mourning Firefighter Pollard in a Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, church.

“He became known as Captain America,” Moch added.“I wish I could turn back the hands of time, and walk into a room and see you and get my usual huge smile, and equally big hug,” he said.

“Unfortunately, you were Captain America. You were the superhero. So I can’t pull that off.”

Full of promise, in November of 2017, Steven Pollard joined Brooklyn’s Ladder Company 170 — “Canarsie’s Bravest.”

Firefighter Timothy Klein exclaimed, “We lost a true hero that night.”


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