The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation is an amazing organization that sadly grew from the tragedy of 9-11. One of the foundation's events comes to Bethel this weekend.

The events of September 11, 2001 will remain etched in our hearts forever. A day of untold tragedy that will forever be a part of the fabric of our lives. Out of a day that echoed around the world as unthinkable, goodness and love does prevail.

So, to that end, newstimes.com shared information about an inaugural 5K in honor of a firefighter killed in 9/11 will be held at Bethel High School on Sunday. The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation is hosting the event in memory of Siller, who ran with 60 pounds of his gear through a blocked-off Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to the World Trade Center on Sept. 11.

I would encourage you to put this Sunday, June 24th on your calendar and make a point of being at Bethel HS for the 8:30 a.m. start of the run which will see both firefighters
and law enforcement officers running the 5K in uniform or full turnout gear, along with other walkers and runners. This particular event will also recognize New York Fighfighter Michael Davidson, who died in a fire in the city March of this year. The Stephen Siller Foundation supports the Davidson family and his four children.

If you are unfamiliar with these runs, you can find information at tunnel2towers.org, the foundation that Siller’s family started to honor first responders, remember 9/11 and raise money to build smart homes for the most catastrophically injured service members.

In the story of Stephen Siller, there is a quote from family friend and author, Jay Price, that I think is particularly poignant:

Every momentous event, even a tragedy, has its symbolic figures. September 11th was no different; it just had a few more of them. Rudy Giuliani, Father Mychal Judge, the four guys on United Flight 9 … a hundred more … a thousand. None bigger than Stephen Siller, whose stature only grows with time as New Yorkers and people from around the world follow his footsteps

We Will Never Forget.