“The morning of Sept. 11, Doug Oelschlager had finished his night shift at Ladder 7 Company, and arrived at the Ladder 15 station near South Street Seaport for his day shift just as a fire truck was heading down to the World Trade Center. Suzanne Oelschlager says that she often thinks that if Doug Oelschlager was running late to work that morning, or got stuck in traffic a few minutes longer, he might not have been on that fire truck, and might have lived.
All of the men but one from Ladder 15 died that day. All of the firefighters from Ladder 7 (where Doug Oelschlager worked the overnight shift the evening before) survived. Doug Oelschlager's body was never found in the debris - only the badge from his firefighter's helmet was found.”
I went to elementary school with Doug. I didn’t keep in touch after that. I didn’t hear about what happened until many years after. I did find his name on the World Trade Center Memorial.