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 military heroes.
Your hard work on behalf of the Foundation helps us provide the support the families of our military and first responders so desperately need.
Personally, 9/11 has always been a hard day for my family. My father was in the FDNY.
It still feels like yesterday. I got off of the bus and screamed, "Is Dad okay!?" My mom said he was okay but that he wouldn't be home for a while.
The first time I saw him since 9/11, he came to my school in uniform and surprised me while I was in gym class. I cried tears of joy as I gave him a huge hug.
He then returned to the city for some time. When he eventually came home for a night, I heard his car door shut, ran downstairs, and gave him the biggest hug. He smelled of smoke but I didn't care, it just felt good to hug him.
But this is just my experience. 9/11 touched the lives of so many, each with their own stories.
This event is proof of our strength and resilience; we are able to climb these stairs because of the men and women keeping us safe in the military. So that another 9/11 doesn't happen. So that we can freely live. And for those who have fought for those rights, it's our turn to give back to you.