WE WILL NEVER FORGET… Fort Lauderdale Tunnel to Towers


Five years ago I ran my first race ever, this race happen to be Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers.

For those who don’t know Stephen Siller was a 34 year old firefighter. On September 11, 2001, Stephen, who was assigned to Brooklyn’s Squad 1, had just finished his shift, and was on his way to play golf with his brothers when he got word of the first plane hitting the Twin Towers over his scanner. Upon hearing the news, Stephen called his wife Sally and asked her to tell his brothers he would catch up with them later, and returned to Squad 1 to get his gear.

Stephen drove his truck to the entrance of the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel, but it had already been closed for security purposes. Determined to carry out his duty, he strapped 60 lbs. of gear to his back, and raced on foot through the tunnel to the Twin Towers, where he gave up his life while saving others.

Stephen had everything to live for; a great wife, five wonderful children, a devoted extended family, and friends. Stephen’s parents were lay Franciscans and he grew up under the guiding philosophy of St. Francis of Assisi, whose encouraging and inspirational phrase “while we have time, let us do good” were words that Stephen lived by. Stephen’s life and heroic death serve as a reminder to us all to live life to the fullest and to spend our time here on earth doing good – this is his legacy. (To read full story click here)

As we all know Stephen wasn’t the only brave soul who lost his life that day, many families were left with an empty space and the pain of losing a love one… but as a country we have transform the pain in strength. That is why every year Fort Lauderdale community get together to honor our heroes and support their families.

This year we decided to take our children with us and explain to them the meaning of FREEDOM and what this date represents for our country.

Here I share some pictures of this amazing event organized by Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation. To make a donation click here.

Saint Mark’s Episcopal School Team



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