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Tunnel to Tower Foundation

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THE STORY:

Firefighter Stephen Gerard Siller was the youngest of seven children born to Mae and George Siller. At the age of eight Stephen’s father died and a year and a half later he also lost his mother, which left him an orphan to be raised by his older siblings. For a while Stephen went through a period of struggle, but because of the love of his siblings and the values instilled in him by his parents, he grew up to be an extraordinary individual and dedicated firefighter. More than most, he knew that time was precious and accomplished much in his 34 years.


On September 11, 2001, Stephen had just gotten off the late shift at Squad 1, Park Slope, Brooklyn. He was on his way to play golf with his brothers when his scanner told of the first plane hitting the Twin Towers. When he heard the news, Stephen called his wife Sally and asked her to tell his brothers he would catch up with them later, and then returned to Squad 1 to get his gear.


Stephen drove his truck to the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel, but it was already closed. So he strapped 60 lbs. of gear to his back, rushed on foot through gridlocked traffic and ran from the Tunnel to the Towers where he gave up his life while saving others.


Stephen had everything to live for, a great wife, five wonderful children, devoted extended family and friends. Stephen’s parents were lay Franciscans and he grew up under the guiding philosophy of St. Francis of Assisi, “While we have time, let us do good.” Stephen’s life and heroic death serve as reminder to us all to live life to the fullest and to spend our time here on earth doing good – this is his legacy.


Author and family friend Jay Price wrote, “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.”

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    $150

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    $100

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    $10

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    $50

  • Randy O'Kane

    $150

  • O'Kane Family in PA

    $50

  • Marie Martell

    $100

  • Mel and Jacques Elion

    $35

  • Anonymous

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  • Brian O'Kane

    $150

  • Grammy & Grumpy Kozan

    $70

  • A helping hand

    $100

  • Maria and George

    $50

  • Alex & Cassaundra Karnal

    $150

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Donor Comments

Rosanne Masone

Rosanne Masone

DONATION: $50

You go, Girl! 4 years ago

Alex & Cassaundra Karnal

Alex & Cassaundra Karnal

DONATION: $150

4 years ago

Maria and George

Maria and George

DONATION: $50

In memory of Stephen Stiller and Vincent Halloran- Alex-what a beautiful thing you are doing. 4 years ago

A helping hand

A helping hand

DONATION: $100

Supporting you and your cause. 4 years ago

Grammy & Grumpy Kozan

Grammy & Grumpy Kozan

DONATION: $70

Always so proud you--much love, Grammy & Grumpy 4 years ago

Brian O'Kane

Brian O'Kane

DONATION: $150

Alex, I am so proud of your support of others, and so proud of you! Love, Dad 4 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $15

"Everyman must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness" 4 years ago

Mel and Jacques Elion

Mel and Jacques Elion

DONATION: $35

Alex, I'm proud of you.! You're running for a great cause! Thank you, Mel and Jacques 4 years ago

Marie Martell

Marie Martell

DONATION: $100

In Memory of Stephen Siller 4 years ago

O'Kane Family in PA

O'Kane Family in PA

DONATION: $50

4 years ago