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Staten Island Street Renamed in Honor of Fallen Soldier

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A ceremony was held on Staten Island Saturday to co-name a street in honor of a fallen soldier.

Staff Sergeant Michael Ollis was killed in Afghanistan last August, while saving a Polish soldier's life.

In a ceremony today on Burbank Avenue today, the New Dorp community put up an honorary street sign for Ollis.

His parents spoke about what the honor means to them.

"I'm overwhelmed. I'm just so grateful to everyone for showing their support for Michael. I mean, like Bob said, they were always there for him and they still are and I'm very, very grateful for that," said Linda Ollis, the soldier's mother.

The United Staten Island Veterans Organization has commissioned a life-size statue of Ollis to potentially be placed at the St. George Ferry Terminal.

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