Parents of US sergeant who saved Pole meet saved officer

Parents of US sergeant who saved Pole meet saved officer Sebastian Borowski/PAP

Linda and Robert Ollis, the parents of a US Army soldier killed in 2013 while saving the life of Polish officer Karol Cierpica during the Afghan War, met on Saturday with the survivor and his family.

The US sergeant, Michael H. Ollis, was killed on August 28, 2013, at the Ghazni military base in Afghanistan, when he shielded Polish Second Lieutenant Karol Cierpica with his own body during a suicide attack by Afghan rebels.

It is the third Ollis stay in Poland since Michael Ollis's death. "We are thankful for how Poles remember our son. I think he is present in people's memory more in Poland than in the US," Linda Ollis said.

Robert Ollis added that many people do not even realise that Karol and Michael did not even know each other before they came into contact with each other at that very moment. "It's wonderful that they joined together to help each other," Robert said.

Ollis's parents have stayed in Poland for several days. On November 11, they took part in official ceremonies marking Poland's Independence Day.

On November 14, they received an Honorary Ambassador of Poland award in commemoration of their son's deed, in Lubin, southwestern Poland.