Death of Captain William Olsen, FDNY EMS

By Staff Staten Island Advance

William Olsen, 2004 Family photo

William Olsen, 2004 Family photo

William C. Olsen, 61, of Great Kills, a retired Fire Department EMS captain, died Sunday at home.

Born in Brooklyn, he attended Bishop Ford Central Catholic High School. He settled in Great Kills in 1991.

Mr. Olsen had a 30-year career with the FDNY, and was promoted to captain. He retired in 2010 from FDNY EMS Station 23 in Rossville. He was proud to have been a first responder and later worked tirelessly at Ground Zero, his family said.

Committed to public service in every aspect of his life, he also volunteered as an EMT with Bravo Volunteer Ambulance Services in Brooklyn.
Mr. Olsen was an avid New York Yankees and football Giants fan, and was a Civil War history enthusiast.

He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his two granddaughters.

Mr. Olsen was a parishioner of St. Clare’s R.C. Church, Great Kills.

Surviving are his wife of 35 years, the former Deborah Ann DePaola; his daughters, Danielle Keating and Kristin Olsen; a sister, Marianne Olsen, and two granddaughters.
The funeral will be Thursday from the John Vincent Scalia Home for Funerals, Eltingville, with a mass at 11 a.m. in St. Clare’s Church. Burial will follow in Resurrection Cemetery, Pleasant Plains.

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