I will be running for the third year in a row in my Fire Dept. turnout gear honoring the memory of two men that paid the ultimate sacrifice on Sept. 11 and one who has recently passed of 9/11 related illness.
Bob Newman was my neighbor since I was a very young boy. He served his country in Vietnam and returned home to continue his service to his fellow Americans as a NYC Firefighter. Bob had a long career as a firefighter seeing the Lower East Side change over his 40 years in the department. He was one of the many firefighters running into the towers on September 11th. Bob then continued to work at Ground Zero doing Rescue and Recovery for weeks until coming home to Farmingdale and serving another 4 years before retiring. Bob always regaled me with tales of his days in the department saying how it was the greatest job in the world and hoping I too can get on one day. I lost my friend and neighbor back in February due to 9/11 related cancer and will remember him as I take each step in the race.
Kevin Smith was a firefighter in Hazmat Co. #1 who lost his life serving the great city of New York on September 11th. He was a former Marine and member of the East Farmingdale Volunteer Fire Company. A friend of my father and my brothers and sisters of East Farmingdale.
Welles Crowther worked at a financial firm in the World Trade Center and was a former volunteer firefighter in Upper Nyack NY. When the terrorist attack occurred, Welles' firefighter instincts took over and he sprung into action alongside members of the FDNY and emergency service to aid in the rescue efforts. A civilian hero, known as the man in the red bandana, whom I find a great deal in common with.
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About the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation
The Siller Family started the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation to honor the memory of their brother, Stephen, a New York City firefighter (FDNY) who lost his life on September 11, 2001 after strapping on his gear and running through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to the Twin Towers.
The goal of the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation is to continue Stephen’s legacy by supporting our nation’s first responders and service members. Building for America’s Bravest, a proud program of the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, constructs specially adapted smart homes for our most catastrophically injured service members. In January 2015, the Foundation also raised over one million dollars to fully pay off the mortgages for the families of slain NYPD Officers Wenjian Liu and Luis Ramos.
The mission of the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation is to honor the sacrifice of firefighter Stephen Siller, who laid down his life to save others on September 11, 2001. We also honor our military and first responders who continue to make the supreme sacrifice of life and limb for our country.
Please email NYC@Tunnel2Towers.org for answers to any other questions that we may not have addressed.