Robert Sutherland wrote -
I will be running for the fifth 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. The Foundation was built upon the mantra, “while we have time, LET US DO GOOD,” and continues Stephen’s legacy by supporting our nation’s first responders and service members.
Firefighter Stephen Siller lost his life while saving others. In his memory, the Tunnel to Towers Foundation developed the In the Line of Duty Program to honor the heroes that risk their lives every day. To date, the Foundation has spent over $100 million supporting the military and fallen first responders and their families. Our newest addition, the Gold Star Family Home Program, honors those who have made the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country by providing the surviving spouses and young children with a brand new, mortgage-free home.
The Smart Home Program provides mortgage-free smart homes to our most catastrophically injured service members. Each home is custom designed to address the unique needs of each individual.
Finally, the Fallen First Responder Home Program pays off the remaining mortgages for families left behind when a firefighter or police officer is killed in the line of duty. Upon hearing news of the tragic loss of a first responder, Tunnel to Towers deploys a rapid response team to immediately provide support to the family.
Your hard work on behalf of the Foundation helps us provide the support the families of our military and first responders so desperately need.
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