It started with one firefighter doing something he might to get to the World Commerce Middle on. Years later, tens of hundreds journey that very same route yearly to honor the sacrifice of Stephen Siller.
Frank Siller based the Tunnel to Towers Basis to honor his youthful brother Stephen, who died attempting to save lots of others on 9/11 even after he had already gone dwelling from his shift in Brooklyn.
“A New York Metropolis firefighter that strapped 60 kilos on as gear and ran by means of the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel ‘trigger it was closed. And he ran by means of that tunnel, got here out the opposite facet, and noticed a horrific scene,” Frank informed CBS Information’ Dana Jacobson. “However there are 343 tales of firefighters that did comparable issues like Stephen did. There are such a lot of tales.”
The Tunnel to Towers Basis holds occasions yearly, which a whole lot of individuals attend. However to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of 9/11, Frank determined he was going to honor Stephen and those that died that day otherwise by going the gap.
Siller launched into the “By no means Neglect Stroll,” a 500-mile journey that began in Washington D.C., on the Pentagon, continued to Shanksville, Pennsylvania, earlier than concluding in New York Metropolis. As he traveled throughout six states, some residents would stand exterior with their households to look at him.
CBS Information talked to Frank simply as his stroll was coming to an finish. Frank informed Jacobson that it will be tough as soon as he enters Battery Tunnel and sees the New York skyline—realizing that was one of many last issues his brother noticed.
“It is gonna be very tough. In fact, I will be thinkin’ of Stephen. And I do know the distinction. I am strolling. He ran along with his gear on. I am gonna see the Freedom Tower and have a look at what he noticed, the Twin Towers on fireplace,” Frank stated. “However nonetheless, I am attempting to do one thing to honor my brother. And that is what I assumed I might do. And I am glad I did it.”
Frank accomplished his stroll on Saturday, September 11 — 42 days after he started.
Extra of Dana Jacobson’s dialog with Frank Siller will be heard on the “CBS Mornings” podcast. Frank shares how the Tunnel To Tower Basis’s mission o has expanded – however the main mission stays by no means to overlook 9/11.