Brooklyn Councilwoman Mercedes Narcisse, a registered nurse, on Oct. 22, unveiled the street co-naming, at Avenue S and East 35th Street in Brooklyn, in honor of fallen Firefighter Steven Pollard.
Pollard, a dedicated member of Canarsie-based Ladder 170, tragically lost his life while responding to a two-car crash on the Mill Basin Bridge.
“Despite having only 1½ years on the job, Firefighter Pollard exemplified extraordinary courage and selflessness, reflecting the very best of our community,” said Narcisse, the Haitian-born representative for the 46th Council District.
She said the street co-naming near Pollard’s family home is now “Firefighter Steven Pollard Way.”
Narcisse said the initiative “will forever commemorate the legacy of this local hero who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our community.”
Narcisse had introduced and successfully passed legislation in the City Council to honor Pollard, recognizing his “unwavering commitment to protecting our city and its residents.”
“Today, we gathered here not only to unveil a street sign but to pay tribute to the memory of a true local hero, Firefighter Steven Pollard,” she said at the unveiling ceremony. “Steven was not just a firefighter; he was a guardian angel who bravely stepped into the unknown, risking his life to protect and save others.
“Firefighter Steven Pollard’s bravery and dedication to our community will forever be remembered,” she added. “I am proud to have introduced and passed the legislation to co-name this street in his honor. It is a tribute to his sacrifice and a symbol of our community’s unwavering support for our first responders.”
Over 1,000 community members and firefighters attended the ceremony that included FDNY Chief of Department John Hodgens and members of the Pollard family.
“Despite his brief time on the job, he was widely recognized as demonstrating unwavering dedication and selflessness,” Narcisse said.