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 marrow 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.