I am the proud race director for the 4th annual Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Run Savannah. I first heard of Stephen Siller when he was a Junior at St. Agnes Cathedral High School in Rockville Centre, NY when I was a Freshman there. After high school, our paths crossed a few times. Stephen went on to become a New York City Firefighter. As for me, I moved to Savannah after spending a number of years living and working in midtown Manhattan. If you are reading this, you know the rest of Stephen's story. He was a husband, father, brother, uncle and friend. Stephen lost his life on September 11, 2001 while saving others. Even after his heroic death, he continues to help save lives.
When the NYC Tunnel to Towers Run went national, I raised my hand for Savannah. I had good reasons, too. I figured that I was the only St. Agnes CHS graduate in this area of the country (to my knowledge). I adored Stephen. I respected what his family was doing in his memory. Both of my brothers - and only siblings - are both FDNY firefighters. I practically grew up in the World Trade Center - my dad retired after 32 years as General Manager of Building Operations for the "Twin Towers". And I lost so many friends that day (9/11/01).
My friend Tim raised his hand for Savannah, too. Then we got Robert to help and guide us. Thank God there was three of us!
So now this is my thing. I am the race director, but I am really a facilitator between an awesome foundation (Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation) and a loving, kind, generous & patriotic community (Savannah, GA). Because of this, we built one of the most successful Tunnel to Towers Runs in the country. And we know people who know people. For all of this, I am so grateful.
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