Six years ago my brother Mike and I met with Pat Foye who was the Head of the Port Authority at the time and he graciously listened and agreed with our pitch to use the new 1 World trade Center for this stair climb to honor our brother FDNY Captain Billy Burke Jr. Mike and I then met with Frank Siller and the incredible Siller family who made the climb a reality to raise funds to build smart homes for our wounded soldiers and assist our heroic first responders and their families. It is an honor to work with the Siller family to help those who have given so much to all of us and to remember Stephen Siller, Billy Burke and all military heroes and first responders. Thank you everyone for all of your help and NEVER TORGET!
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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