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    Detroit Firefighter Dies After January Injury

    Detroit Firefighter Dies After January Injury

    Firehouse.Com News

    Detroit Firefighter Steven Olander died February 8 from injuries received while he was operating at a hotel fire in January.

    Olander was a 13-year veteran of the Detroit Fire Department assigned to Ladder 21, one of the busiest in the city.

    According to Detroit Fire Union Secretary Daniel McNamara, on January 10, the members of Ladder 21 were dispatched to a hotel fire. The crew was attempting to raise 35 and 50-foot ladders to reach trapped occupants when one of the occupants jumped, landing on top of Olander. Olander got up, finished out the fire and completed his shift.

    The next morning, still feeling pain in his back, neck and head, he drove himself to the hospital. He was released hours later. Later that day he was found unconscious in his home and was subsequently flown to a local trauma center.

    Over the month that followed Olander experienced several strokes, periods of coma, and other medical complications before finally succumbing to his injuries.

    Olander was a second generation firefighter. His father retired as a Battalion Chief.

    Olander had just recently returned to Ladder 21. He started his career at Ladder 21 and wanted to return because it was busy.

    Visitation was Sunday, February 10, and again on Monday, February 11, 2-9 p.m. at the Fred Wood Funeral Home-36100 5 Mile Road, Livonia, MI.

    The funeral service will be Tuesday, February 12, at10:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Loretto Catholic Church 17116 Olympia, Redford, MI.

    Memorial donations can be made to Children's Hospital Burn Center, 3901 Beaubien, Detroit, MI, 48201.

    The Detroit Fire Department
    Michigan Professional Firefighters Union

    Michigan Professional Firefighters Statement
    On January 10, 2002, Firefighter Steven M. Olander and the rest of the crew of Ladder 21 of the Detroit Fire Department responded to an apartment building fire at 6324 West Chicago.

    Upon arrival, firefighters were confronted with civilians trapped in an inferno which eventually went to three alarms. Multiple civilians were rescued by interior attempts by firefighters and by being carried down 35' and 50' ground ladders raised by Ladder 21 and others. Two perished but many lived.

    Firefighter Steven M. Olander, age 39, died of injuries sustained while making these rescues on February 8, 2002. Steve was recognized for his life saving attempts by his superior officer by submitting him for a Detroit Fire Department and Detroit Fire Fighters Association Citation of Valor.

    Firefighter Steven M. Olander leaves behind a son, Michael McCracken (21), daughters Heather (6), and Nicole (4) Olander, father Duane (Red) and Mother Irene, girlfriend Jennifer Schilbe, and sisters Val Olander, Denise Calzadillas, Diane (Richard) Jacobs and Carol (Larry) Stubenrauch.

    Steve started on the Detroit Fire Department in 1988. A second generation firefighter, his father Red served from 1956 to 1993 and retired as west side Deputy Chief. Steve was as talented a firefighter as he was an athlete. He graduated from St. Agatha's in 1980 as a two sport All Catholic League in baseball and football and played many sports at Our Lady of Loretto grade school.

    He participated in many Detroit Fire Department functions and sporting events and was known as an avid sportsman. Steve greatly enjoyed the special camaraderie of his brother and sister firefighters.

    Firefighter Steven M. Olander will be buried by these same brothers and sisters with a full active line-of-duty death funeral. He will lie in state at the Fred Wood Funeral Home from 2-9 p.m. Sunday, February 10, 2002 and Monday, February 11, 2002. A funeral mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of Loretto Church on Tuesday, February 12, 2002 at 10:00 a.m. with interment at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.

    For more information please contact the Detroit Fireman's Fund at 313.961.2988.

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    Olander, Steven M.

    Age: 39
    Rank: Firefighter
    Status: Career
    Incident Date: 01/10/2002
    Incident Time:
    Death Date: 02/08/2002

    Cause of Death: Struck By/Contact with Object
    Nature of Death: Internal Trauma
    Emergency Duty: Yes
    Duty Type: Fireground Operations
    Activity Type: Search and Rescue
    Fixed Prop. Use: Residential

    Fire Dept. Info:
    Detroit Fire Department
    250 W Larned St # 1
    Detroit, Michigan 48226
    Chief: Percy Warmack

    Initial Summary:
    Firefighter Olander died of complications (aneurysm) stemming from traumatic injuries sustained while working on the fireground of multi-story apartment building fire.

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