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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Request to Remember and be Proactive!



In North Dakota last week, a Battalion Fire Chief took his own life ...and his friends wanted us to share some details with you. Here is one example of a request to honor BC Olson and to be alert to help our brothers and sisters in pain BEFORE it’s too late. Please pass it on!!!

Billy,

Here is yet another example of how we need to keep a watchful eye on our brothers and sisters and encourage participation in debriefings and employee assistance programs to help keep a healthy mind especially after significant incidents.  It is tough to see a husband, father of three, and fellow firefighter lose the mind battle.  Too many times we are struck reactively when it is too late and ponder what could have been done to keep our brother alive.  Just thought you may be able to do some good with this.  Take care and be safe.

Battalion Fire Chief Daniel L. Olson, 42, Bismarck, died Dec. 1, 2012. Dan died after taking his own life. He was born in 1970. Dan deeply cared for his career as a firefighter. Dan first became a volunteer Firefighter in Berthold, later served as a professional at the Minot FD from 1996-99, and became a Firefighter with the Bismarck FD in 1999. Dan was currently serving as Battalion Chief, a tremendous honor he had just received in 2012. Dan was also a part of the North Dakota National Guard. Dan proudly served his country with the North Dakota National Guard 957 MRBC in Iraq from 2003 to 2004 and in Kosovo from 2009 to 2010. Dan was currently Master Sergeant in the 164 Engineer HHC.

Dan will always be remembered for his courage during difficult times, and even though he lost his battle with P.T.S.D. and took his own life, his family and friends  know he is at rest and peace.
He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Tanya; his daughters, Emilee, 16, and Aimee, 13; his son, Kevin, 3; his mother, Adeline; his brothers, Aaron Olson and Ron Olson; and an extended family,
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be shared with the Emilee, Aimee and Kevin Olson Memorial Fund, Bremer Bank, 710 S. Washington St., Bismarck, N.D. 58504.
Friends may share condolences and memories with the family online at wwwbismarckfuneralhome.comRIP.



 



 




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