Fort Drum soldier dies protecting Polish soldier from suicide bomber

Staff Sgt. Michael Ollis

A 24-year-old soldier from New York who died in Afghanistan was protecting a Polish soldier from a suicide bomber.

According to the

Army Times

, Staff Sgt. Michael Ollis of Staten Island stepped into the path of the unnamed officer. He was wounded when the insurgent raided the forward operating base in Ghazni Province on Aug. 28.

Ollis was evacuated to a medical facility, where he died.

The paper said the Polish officer credited Ollis with saving his life.

Ollis was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment of the 10th Division's at Fort Drum.

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