This year, CitiQuiet Soundproof Windows had a team of 30 people to proudly participate in the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Run, the foundation honoring the sacrifice of firefighter Stephen Siller who gave his life to save others on September 11. The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation’s mission is to support first responders, service members, and community.
About the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation
In the wake of the events of September 11, 2001, our country and allies around the world have vowed to never forget the sacrifice made by those who lost their lives, especially those in service. As we continue to remember, there is one individual in particular who deserves recognition. Firefighter Stephen Siller paid the ultimate sacrifice in his quest to protect others on this tragic day. However, this was not the first time Stephen displayed the utmost in bravery and strength. At just eight years old, Stephen lost both his mother and his father within a year and a half of each other. The youngest of seven children, he was left to be raised by his older siblings during this incredibly difficult time. Fueled by the love of his brothers and sisters and the values learned from his parents, he chose the honorable profession of firefighter.
At 34 years old, Stephen had built a life for himself that he was incredibly proud of. With a wife, five beautiful children, and an extensive network of friends and family, he had everything to live for. In fact, he lived his life by the wisdom of St. Francis of Assisi, particularly the phrase “while we have time, let us do good.”
On September 11th, he followed his calling to do good, solidifying his legacy as a hero. On this day, after completing his shift with Brooklyn’s Squad 1, Stephen headed out to meet his brothers for a round of golf. While in transit, he heard on his scanner that the North Tower of the World Trade Center had been struck by a plane. Instinctually one to help, he called his wife Sally and asked her to tell his brothers that he would join them later. After gathering his gear, he headed back towards the city. Upon reaching the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel, he found that it had been closed for security reasons. This would not stop him from carrying out his duty, as he instead carried his 60 pounds of gear on his back and ran through the tunnel to the Towers. It was then that he lost his life while saving the civilians he took an oath to protect.
Every year, the Tunnel to Towers 5K Run and Walk is held in New York, and many other cities, in remembrance of Stephen Siller, and to spread the message that we should all live life to the fullest and commit ourselves to doing good, just as Stephen did. In its inaugural year of 2002, the 5K started with just 1,500 individuals. Today, it is a beloved event attended by tens of thousands from all over the country. This symbolic gathering captures the spirit of Stephen’s heroism, following the path he took from the Battery Tunnel to the Twin Towers, paying homage to the 343 FDNY firefighters, 71 law enforcement officers, and many civilians who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.
You Can Participate Too
Whether you’re joining the 5K as an individual, or setting up a fundraising team, this event of community and camaraderie will leave you inspired and transformed. Proceeds raised from the Tunnel to Towers 5K Run and Walk will be used to support the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation programs, which benefit first responders and injured service members.