Honoring a 9/11 Hero

12 09 2009

Stephen Siller, beloved husband and father of five, was a firefighter from Squad 1, Park Slope Brooklyn. On 9/11, he was off-duty, and on his way to golf with his 3 older brothers.

When Stephen heard on his scanner that the World Trade Center had been hit, he turned his vehicle around and headed towards the site. When his truck was prohibited from entering the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel, typically of him, he raced on foot towards the site with his gear strapped to his back.

He was last seen alive on West and Liberty Streets where he, more than likely, went looking for his Squad, all of whom perished.

There will be a race to commemorate his efforts in NYC on Sept 27th. Today there was one in Wake Forest, NC. The only town that was permitted to do the same in honor of this hero. WFFD dressed in full turnout and ran 5k through town, under the railroad tunnel, ending at the water tower.

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Below are Stephen Siller’s brother and sister giving Jonathan Mestas the award for the first firefighter to complete the race.

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2 responses

12 09 2009
Beth

Very cool.

13 09 2009
Clellie

How wonderful!
None of us will ever forget Stephen and all the victims and heroes. . .

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