Stephen Siller, a New York City firefighter, “… had everything to live for, a great wife, five wonderful children, devoted extended family and friends. Stephen’s parents were lay Franciscans and he grew up under the guiding philosophy of St. Francis of Assisi, ‘While we have time, let us do good.’ Stephen’s life and heroic death serve as reminder to us all to live life to the fullest and to spend our time here on earth doing good – this is his legacy” —the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation.
On September 11, 2001, Siller “… had just finished his shift in Park Slope, Brooklyn, when he heard the first plane had hit the Twin Towers. He ‘drove his truck to the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel, but it was already closed,’ says the foundation’s website, ‘so he strapped 60 pounds of gear to his back, rushed on foot through gridlocked traffic and ran from the Tunnel to the Towers, where he gave up his life while saving others.’The organization founded in his name helps seriously injured first responders and soldiers regain their independence.”
--From the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Tower Foundation website
and Parade Magazine