The City of Colleyville considers Jack Olsen a hero.
More than 50 of Olsen’s friends and family joined him as city officials recognized the longtime resident recenlty as this year’s Hometown Hero during a ceremony at Heroes Park. A plaque with Olsen’s service was installed at the park next to other previous Hometown Heroes.
“The people gathered here today are a testament to Mr. Olsen’s life for he is one of those rare individuals who seemed to know everyone and whom everyone seemed to know,” Mayor David Kelly said. “And, perhaps even rarer, he is that person who seems to elicit the admiration of everyone.”
Olsen, 82, has been spending his time helping the community since he came to Colleyville in 2001.
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“When I moved to Colleyville I wanted to be a part of the community,” he said.
Olsen started by serving in volunteer roles on the Senior Center Advisory Committee and the Sidewalk & Trails Committee. He also enrolled in the Citizens Fire Academy and the Citizens Police Academy, where he aided the local departments and served as a citizen on patrol.
Most of his favorite work was helping teach computer literacy to seniors at the city’s Senior Center.
“It’s very rewarding teaching people,” he said.
Olsen and other volunteers teach seniors skills in Internet, email and word processing.
Also at the ceremony, State District 98 Rep. Giovanni Capriglione, handed Olsen a U.S. flag that had flown over the capital in his honor.
Sue Drautz nominated Olsen for the award, which required a written application. Drautz had high praise for Olsen.
“The reason that Jack Olsen is an excellent candidate for the Colleyville Hometown Hero designation is because he exemplifies all that is good, and honest and kind, and giving, and decent, and courageous, and strong, and brilliant,” she wrote.
The Colleyville Historical Preservation Committee creates a panel of members to select the hero from all the in applications that were submitted. Cynthia Phillips served on the panel and said that in addition to Drautz’s application, several other individuals wrote positive comments about Olsen as well.
“There was definitely a common theme, people sent in things like, ‘he did things without being asked,’ ‘He saw a problem, he solved it,’” she said. “There’s people that step in, but he stepped in for the positive, for the good.”
Dustin L. Dangli,