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CBS2 has learned that member of the FDNY was killed in the line of duty on the Mill Basin Bridge late Sunday night.
The firefighter was transported to Kings County Hospital in serious condition, CBS2’s Natalie Duddridge reported.
The FDNY said it was responding to a car accident on the bridge. While working, the unidentified firefighter fell off of that bridge.
The 30-year-old smoke-eater was trying to aid motorists who had been involved in a car accident — and was crossing from the eastbound lanes to the westbound lanes — when he somehow lost his balance.
Sources say the firefighter has less than 3 years in the department and his father is a retired FDNY Chief.
The firefighter tried to jump from the westbound side of the highway to the eastbound lanes, said sources.
But he apparently did not realize that since a recent rebuilding of the bridge, there is a wide gap between the two sides of the highways, the sources said.
The entire #NYPD sends its condolences to the family, friends & colleagues of the @FDNY firefighter who died tonight after falling from the Mill Basin overpass while working the scene of a vehicle collision on the Belt Parkway in #Brooklyn. #NYC will never forget your sacrifice. pic.twitter.com/MmbuTzOi9k
— Commissioner O'Neill (@NYPDONeill) January 7, 2019
The accident happened on the Belt Parkway near the old Mill Basin Drawbridge around 10:30 p.m.
The firefighter may have fallen from the bridge, but the FDNY is still investigating to see if this is the case.