FDNY Lt. Christopher Raguso and Tech Sgt. Dashan Briggs were killed on Thursday, March 15 in the line of duty serving our nation in Western Iraq. The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation has pledged $100,000 to these fallen heroes and will use all additional proceeds to help pay off the remainder of their families’ mortgages. This tragedy is a reminder of the sacrifice that heroes like Raguso and Briggs risk every day while protecting us. We’re hoping this provides a small moment of relief to their wives and children in their time of need.
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 after strapping on his gear and running through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to the Twin Towers.
The goal of the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation is to continue Stephen’s legacy by supporting our nation’s first responders and service members. Our Smart Home Program, constructs specially adapted, technology-enabled homes for our most catastrophically injured service members and by the end of 2018, we will have constructed 66 of these fully-serviceable homes. From tragedy to hope, the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation is also there for families of first responders that suffer insurmountable loss. For the children of fallen NYPD Detective Miosotis Familia, their brand new mortgage-free home, funded by the Foundation and its partners, is a symbol of their mother's sacrifice. In December, Toys 4 Texas Toy Drive brought families hit by Hurricane Harvey a little happiness just in time for the holidays. With the help of 36 FDNY members, we distributed thousands of toys to children whose lives were devastated by the storm.
Your generosity and support enables us to continue to provide the help the families of our veterans and first responders so desperately need.