All of my friends and family, by this point, know about Richie Muldowney and Kenny Watson. Both multi-generational firefighters, both cousins, both died bravely while working to save lives on September 11th. Richie, a firefighter with Ladder 7 in Manhattan, Kenny, a firefighter with Engine 214 in Brooklyn, just blocks from our home. Richie was also a firefighter with me in Engine 216, Freeport. They both had very special meaning to me as friends and brothers and still do. I knew each of them since I was 13 years old. They were friends, they were brother firefighters, they were family.
I am honored to walk every other year with Richie and Kenny's families in the Stephen Siller Tunnel To Towers Walk/Run. 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.
The Stephen Siller Foundation does amazing work, and over 90% of the funds go to the targeted not for profits. Here is an example of who we help and how:
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.
Email NYC@tunnel2towers.org for answers to any other questions you might have.