Members of the San Antonio Fire Department will join the public on September 10thin honoring those who perished on September 11, 2001.
A special run originating and ending near the Alamo at 10 a.m. will “Follow the Footsteps of an American hero,” Stephen SIller, a New York firefighter.
By the time Siller was 10, he had already lost both parents. He endured the struggle of their loss with “the love of his siblings and the values instilled in him by his parents.”
On September 11th, firefighter Stephen Siller, 34, father of five, had just gotten off the late shift at Squad 1, Park Slope, Brooklyn.
“He was on his way to play golf with his brothers on that bright clear day when his scanner told of the first plane hitting the Twin Towers,” the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation states. “When he heard the news, he called his wife Sally to tell her he would be late because he had to help those in need.”
“He returned to Squad 1 to get his gear, then took his final heroic steps to the World Trade Center.”
“When Stephen drove his truck to the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel, it was already closed to traffic. With sixty pounds of gear strapped to his back, he ran through the Tunnel, hoping to meet up with his own company, Squad 1.”
The 5K memorial run starts at 9:05 a.m. on North Alamo Street at Peacock Alley, across the street from the Federal Building. San Antonio is currently the only registered city in Texas to participate in this national fundraiser to help children and families of firefighter who died in the line of duty.
Almost 30 other cities will be holding similar events throughout the United States.
There will be a military Fly Over the Alamo as the San Antonio event begins.
Participants are asked to keep the noise level down from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., prior to the run. The race will finish in front of the Dillard’s (old Joskes), on Alamo Street, near Pat O’Brian’s.
“We believe that the Foundation is a real and concrete way to Follow the Footsteps of an American hero,” is the Vision of the organization. “The Foundation has established LET US DO GOOD PROGRAMS as our way to make a lasting and positive difference in the lives of others.”
“These programs, In the Line of Duty and In the Name of Love, bring hope to grieving children, and healing to firefighters and families of our military, who sacrifice life and limb in the line of duty.”
Early registration fees are $25 at http://www.tunneltotowersrun.org/san_antonio.aspx. Online registration closes at 10 p.m. on Sept. 10th.
The entry fee on race day will be $30.
Former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani is the National Event Chairman.