Funeral held Saturday for solider from Staten Island

September 18, 2013 3:53:19 AM PDT
A soldier killed in Afghanistan is being mourned on Staten Island.

A funeral was held Saturday for Army Staff Sgt. Michael H. Ollis, who died Aug. 28 from wounds suffered in an attack in Afghanistan's Ghazni Province.

He was 24 years old.

The Staten Island Advance reports that a military honor guard carried the young sergeant's flag-draped casket into the Our Lady Queen of Peace Roman Catholic Church in the borough's New Dorp section.

Hundreds of people came to pay their respects, including many police officers and firefighters and members of Staten Island veterans' groups.

Mayoral candidate Joe Lhota was among the mourners.

Ollis joined the Army in 2006. He served in Germany, Iraq and Afghanistan.