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A hero from Staten Island

Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Bill Ritters daily take on the news.

Bill Ritter's daily take on the news.

Hundreds showed up for a memorial vigil last week for Michael Ollis, the Staten Island native who died Aug. 28 in Afghanistan.

It was a wonderful tribute to a 24-year-old who died with so much still ahead of him.

But now a new twist to Ollis' death. He died shielding a soldier from Poland from a suicide bomber. He died a hero. Ollis, based out of Ft. Drum, was under assault at his base in Afghanistan. The incoming includes grenades, mortars, rockets and a 3,000-pound bomb. According to the "Army Times," Ollis "stepped into the path of an unnamed Polish officer, blocking him from the suicide vest of an insurgent who had raided" the base.

We'll have that story, plus any breaking news of the night, plus Meteorologist Lee Goldberg's AccuWeather forecast, and Rob Powers with the night's sports. I hope you can join Sade Baderinwa and me, tonight at 11.

BILL RITTER

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