Hello New York City! I felt so fortunate when I was asked to go to NYC to run a 5K with Freedom Alliance. Similar to the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, the Freedom Alliance Scholarship fund provides college scholarships to the sons and daughters of U.S. military personnel who have been killed or permanently disabled on duty. It is such a remarkable foundation with amazing people! Together with three other scholarship recipients and our team leader, we ran the Tunnels to Towers 5K as one amazing team.
Eleven years ago, firefighter Stephen Siller had just finished the late shift at Squad 1 in Park Slope, Brooklyn when he heard on the scanner that a plane crashed into the World Trade Center. The Brooklyn Battery Tunnel had been closed to traffic so Siller put on all his gear and ran to the World Trade Center. Siller lost his life that day. In order to honor the FDNY, all the 343 firefighters and all first responders who sacrificed their lives that fateful day, we retrace Siller’s footsteps from the tunnel to where the twin towers stood. Over 25,000 people participated and there were people and firefighters from all over the world!