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It was an honor to attend the first annual Tunnel to Towers Tampa Stair Climb. Hundreds of people raced up 41 flights of stairs at 1 Tampa City Center in Tampa Florida to honor First Responders and those who lost their lives on 9/11. Climb Director, Dustin Miller, and supporters are committed to raising funds for the Stephen Siller Tunnel To Towers Foundation. Thank you to Dustin and the T2T Tampa team for having us.


Firefighter Stephen Gerard Siller

was the youngest of seven children born to Mae and George Siller. At the age of eight, Stephen lost his father, and a year and a half later he also lost his mother, which left him an orphan to be raised by his older siblings. For a while Stephen went through a period of struggle, but thanks to the love of his siblings, and the values instilled in him by his parents, he grew up to be an extraordinary individual and dedicated firefighter. More than most, he knew that time was precious and accomplished much in his 34 years.

On September 11, 2001,

Stephen, who was assigned to Brooklyn’s Squad 1, had just finished his shift, and was on his way to play golf with his brothers when he got word of the first plane hitting the Twin Towers over his scanner. Upon hearing the news, Stephen called his wife Sally and asked her to tell his brothers he would catch up with them later, and returned to Squad 1 to get his gear.


drove his truck to the entrance of the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel, but it had already been closed for security purposes. Determined to carry out his duty, he strapped 60 lbs. of gear to his back, and raced on foot through the tunnel to the Twin Towers, where he gave up his life while saving others.


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