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In August of 2013, U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Michael Ollis, originally from New York City, sacrificed his life shielding Polish soldier Lt. Karol Cierpica from a suicide bomber in Afghanistan.
In January of 2015, Cierpica and his wife welcomed a baby boy. They named him Michael, in honor of Michael Ollis.
While nothing can bring their son back, the Ollis family said the fact that his name will live on provides a certain level comfort, as does the relationship they’ve forged with the Cierpicas.
“I think the relationship helps in a way because we know Michael isn’t forgotten. So it helps us heal, actually,” Micheal’s mother Linda said.
Sources: Polish baby named after Staff Sgt. Michael Ollis, hero soldier from Staten Island, Polish officer names son after staff sgt. who saved him
Pope John Paul II, the first Polish Pope in history, died on April 2, 2005.
Days later, Janusz and Kinga Adamiec of Poland welcomed triplets — three boys.
The boys, born in the southern town of Bytom, were named Jan, Pawel and Karol, the Polish versions of John, Paul and the Pope’s first name, Karol.
Another Polish baby born that week “in an ambulance outside the bishops’ palace in Krakow — where the Pope had lived and worked” and named Karol.
Source: Polish triplets named after Pope