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    NYC 5K-race follows path firefighter used to reach WTC

    NYC 5K-race follows path firefighter used to reach WTC

    By LEAH RAE
    THE JOURNAL NEWS
    (Original publication: September 30, 2002)

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    3,000 RUN TO HONOR FIREMAN'S LAST DASH

    3,000 RUN TO HONOR FIREMAN'S LAST DASH

    By IKIMULISA SOCKWELL-MASON

    September 30, 2002 -- Thousands of runners yesterday followed in the footsteps of fallen city firefighter Stephen Siller, who ran through the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel and into the hellstorm at the World Trade Center a year ago.

    During the Tunnel to Towers Run, firefighters in uniform flanked the route to inspire the more than 3,000 who ran the 5-kilometer race from Brooklyn to Manhattan.

    "It was amazing," said Michele Manning, 32, of New Jersey. "Coming through the tunnel with all the firefighters lined up with the American flag . . . It was actually pretty hard to keep from crying.

    "It was very emotional," she said. "I'm very glad I did it."

    Manning had a name pinned to her top - Salvatore Zisa. He was a family friend who worked and died in the towers that day.

    Yonkers Fire Capt. Neal McCaffery, who ran with fellow firefighters Alex Hanon and Alex Arrieta, said, "We came in honor of our fallen brothers."

    "I was thinking about the guy [Siller] who ran through there the day of the attacks. It took a lot of guts," McCaffery said.

    Also yesterday, hundreds of relatives and friends of victims of Sept. 11 marched from Battery Park to Ground Zero and back in a memorial walk organizers dubbed We Remember.

    Weeping relatives, carrying flags and photographs of their loved ones, walked arm in arm to commemorate those killed in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania. Siller, a six-year veteran of the Fire Department, had just finished his shift with Squad 1 in Brooklyn on 9/11. Although he was off-duty, the 34-year-old left his car and ran through the tunnel to the towers to help, then died when they collapsed.

    "He lived for other people," said Russell Siller, the fallen hero's big brother. "In a way, running through the tunnel was a culmination of his whole life."


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