Wednesday, September 7, 2011

St. James firefighter gears up for 9/11 run

St. James firefighter Tim Holsather will observe the tenth anniversary of 9/11 running in his fireman’s suit to honor a comrade who died on that day.

Holsather will be participating in Tunnel to Towers run in Wake Forest. Runs will be held at many locations across the country, honoring Stephen Siller, a firefighter who lost his life on 9/11 at the World Trade Center.

On September 11, 2001, Siller had just gotten off work at a fire station in Brooklyn when he heard on the scanner that the first World Trade Center tower had been hit. He grabbed his gear and headed back to catch up with his company, but the tunnels from Brooklyn to Manhattan already were closed to regular vehicular traffic.

So, wearing all 60 pounds of his firefighter’s suit and gear, Siller ran three miles through the tunnel to meet up with his company. Tunnel to Towers runs, now held annually, benefit the foundation set up in Siller’s name, which helps the families and children of firefighters and military people who lost their lives that day and since, and burn centers across the country.

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