BENEFITING: Stephen Siller Tunnel To Towers Foundation
EVENT: New York City 2017
EVENT DATE: Sep 24, 2017
Chris Hamilton wrote -VOWS (Veterans on Wall Street) is a coalition of more than 100 firms nationwide which is committed to helping our active military, veterans and their families. Our DB-VOWS network has participated in this event as a team for the past 7 years and was able to fundraise more than $50,000 for the Tunnel to Towers Foundation. The charitable proceeds are used to support several terrific initiatives organized by the Stephen Siller 'Tunnel to Towers' Foundation, such as: 'Building for America’s Bravest' which is a program that builds smart homes for our most catastrophically injured service members returning home. Each home is custom designed to address the unique needs of each individual. Energy efficient, automated and easily accessible—these homes use "adaptive technology" to help our most severely injured heroes live better, more independent lives. About Stephen Siller: 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.