Roll of Honor

Jeffrey J. Olsen

Jeffrey J. Olsen

  • Firefighter
  • Fire Department City of New York
  • New York
  • Age: 31
  • Year of Death: 2001

Jeffrey J. Olsen‚ 31‚ firefighter‚ FDNY‚ Engine 10. He was decorated for bravery for the rescue of a family from an apartment fire. Such acts of heroism came naturally to Olsen‚ who had donated bone marrow to a 15-year-old boy he didn’t even know. He was a devoted father to his two children‚ as well as to his stepson. He enjoyed fishing and loved to camp with his family.

Submitted by his wife

Jeffrey James Olsen was raised in Staten Island‚ New York. He graduated from the Fire Academy in 1999 and rotated through 3 firehouses before he returned to Engine 10 in June of 2001. In his short career‚ he had earned the reputation of a very reliable and capable firefighter. His sense of humor preceded him. One of his captains was quoted as saying his smile was something he was-not something he wore.

He was an avid outdoorsman who loved to fish‚ camp and kayak. He had an indescribable love for life.

Jeffrey not only made the ultimate sacrifice on 9/11‚ but had saved the life of a 15 year old boy by donating his bone barrow in October of 2000.

He also took part in a daring rescue with l175 where they rescued 5 children from a burning building. For this he was given a commendation from a Staten Island councilman and posthumously he was honored with a bravest award that was presented to his wife. He leaves behind his wife‚ Denise‚ and 3 children-Vincent‚ Tori Rose and Noah. Also surviving are his parents‚ 5 brothers and sisters‚ and 18 nieces and nephews.

Memorial Wall

  1. You were one of a kind !
    You are missed & thought of by many.
    XoXoXo

    – Patricia LoSardo
  2. I walked with you this past weekend at lambeau field in green bay for the 2016 memorial walk.
    With the help of your strength we both made it to the end. Rest in piece my fellow brother…

    – Eric pellinen
  3. I work at Pierce Manf. In Appleton WI. We build fire trucks. As our company was having a 9/11 remembrance I choose you as a fallen firefighter that I will support for a year. You will be with me as I work to support all firefighter by building fire trucks. RIP brother and know you are not forgotten.

    – Jerry olsen
  4. It was a privilege to carry your name as well as that of one of your fellow firefighters at this year’s Never Forget stair climb in Manchester, NH. I will never forget the sacrifice you made on that day. Rest In Peace.

    – Michelle Bajdek
  5. I live in California and had the privilege of carrying you with my to the top of the monserat mountain in Fallbrook for the 7th annual 9/11 memorial hike in 2017 that has the same elevation as the north tower did. Together we finished the climb of 110 floors. Engine 10 will forever more have a special place in my heart. My condolences to your family. That they may know, they are not alone.

    – Breana Garcia
  6. Omg this was my 1st stair climb I never knew about them I would have walked all of them this was my 1st climb it’s very touchy and memorable I really felt Jeffery’s presence with me I felt like he was standing next me holding my hand it sound weird but I felt a bond to someone I never met I felt I knew him personally. I was determined to finish even when my leg gave out and I fell face. There was no way I was stopping, did Jeffrey, no he gave it all putting his life out there to save people in the twin towers. Jeffrey is a hero forever. His badge is clipped in my car mirror he will be my motivation in life when you want to give up I will always say did Jeffrey give up heck no. Jeffery will always be my motivation and surely is a hero.

    – Theresa Hoelzel
  7. Today I walked for Jeffrey J. Olsen I am really thankful for helping all those people in the Twin Towers. I hope everyone will remember this hero and pray for his family.

    – Karley
  8. I had the privilege and honor to carry your name/photo with me at the stair climb today 9/22/18 at Lambeau field, Green Bay, WI. Thank you for your service and may you rest in peace.

    – Beth Gonzalez
  9. So I carried Jeffery’s tag on a Richmond VA stair climb a few years back. I’ve kept the tag hanging in my bunk room ever since. Currently, I’m doing training in NJ so my wife (who was with me on the stair climb) came up to visit for a day trip to NYC. We started our trek at the 9/11 memorial. When we made it to the memorial fountains, we first went to the North Tower memorial. It was here she asked “Do you want to look for that firefighter you climbed for? Was his name Jeff or something like that.” I replied “There are too many names, we’ll never find him and I cant remember his name right off my head, but yea it may have been a Jeff.” Soon afterward, we make our way around to the south tower memorial. As we approach, a group of about 6 or 7 people walk away. So, we naturally took their spot to observe the memorial. As soon I approached the rail I noticed the words Engine 10. A wave of emotions come over me as I immediately remembered that Jeffery was assigned to E 10. With a trembling lip and wet eyes I scanned to my right where Jeffery’s name was displayed. How did I see his name out of over 2,000 other victims of this tragedy? I can only explain this with faith in our Lord and being guided by his hand. God bless the heroes of this world and especially the family of Jeffery Olsen.

    – Thomas
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