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    Tunnel to Towers Run

    Fitting Tribute for a Hero
    By HARVEY ARATON

    SPRINTING slightly more than a mile from Brooklyn to Manhattan does not sound like an extraordinary feat of athleticism until you close your eyes and imagine the desperate conditions under which one brave firefighter did it last Sept. 11.

    In those impossibly frantic moments when the bar was permanently raised in evaluating heroism and courage, a married father of five who was technically off-duty abandoned his vehicle at the entrance of the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel, grabbed his work gear and made the run of his life, in an effort to save others. His name was Stephen Siller and he didn't live to tell of it.

    "You could never really pin Stephen down," one of three older brothers, Russell, said recently from his home in Rockville Centre, N.Y. "He needed a lot of space. He had so much energy. He was, I have to say, indomitable."

    He was on his way home to Staten Island from the night shift at the Squad 1 firehouse in Park Slope, Brooklyn, when he learned the Twin Towers had been hit and had burst into flames. The brothers can only assume Stephen heard the news on the scanner in his mini-truck. Duty was calling. His city and country were calling. The typical Siller brothers outing, a round of golf out in New Jersey, would have to wait.

    "Stephen called his wife, Sally, and told her to tell us there was an emergency," another brother, George Siller, said. "He said he'd be back later. He never came home."

    They are a large Staten Island family

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    TUNNEL TO TOWERS RUN 5K

    IN MEMORY OF STEPHEN SILLER
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    http://www.tunneltotowersrun.org./index.html

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    RACE WILL HONOR FALLEN FIREFIGHTER

    RACE WILL HONOR FALLEN FIREFIGHTER

    By BILL HOFFMANN

    August 28, 2002 -- A hero firefighter who ran through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to help World Trade Center victims - and died at Ground Zero - will be honored with a 5-kilometer run.

    "The Firefighter Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Run" will be held Sept. 29 at 9 a.m. The father of five had just finished an overnight shift at Squad 1 in Park Slope when news of the terror attacks broke.

    Unable to get into Manhattan by car because of traffic, he ran through the tunnel, made it to the towers and then ran inside to rescue civilians.

    For more information on the event - which benefits children who have lost one or both parents or have other special needs - call (718) 987-1931, or log on to www.tunneltotowersrun.org.



    http://www.nypost.com/news/regionalnews/55903.htm

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