Douglas Oelschlager, 36 had been a volunteer firefighter for almost two decades before joining the FDNY in 2000. On rotation from Ladder Co. 7, on 9/11, he had just finished his night shift at Ladder 6 on Canal, and arrived at his day shift at Ladder 15 in time to catch the truck to the WTC. “Isn’t it great how I love to go to work?” he had once told his wife. Oelschlager came to the FDNY after working in building engineering. His knowledge of high-rise construction and operations was a plus in the fire service.
He left behind two daughters, 11 and 8.