Organization stands up for deceased first responders

Tunnel to Towers is an organization in our area that focuses on raising money for the families of heroes who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

From first responders to our military warriors, Tunnel to Towers is here to help.

Here’s a quick explanation of two of their flagship programs, “Glod Star Family Home Program” and “Fallen First Responders Home Program” of the site :

The Gold Star Family Home program, launched in September 2018, honors the legacy of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice serving our country. The Foundation will provide a mortgage-free home to surviving spouses with young children.
Fallen First Responder Home Program, Tunnel to Towers aims to repay the mortgages of fallen law enforcement officers and firefighters who have lost their lives in the line of duty or due to illness related to 9/11 September and who left young children behind. The Foundation’s goal is to provide stability and security to these families faced with sudden and tragic loss.

The organization was born out of a specific tragic story of 9/11.

Of course, thousands of innocent Americans lost their lives 21 years ago and every story deserves to be told and to have a place in history.

One story in particular shines a light on the sacrifices of heroes who run into danger to save complete strangers and stand out from the rest.

On September 11, 2001, Firefighter Stephen Siller, with Brooklyn’s 1 Squad, was at the end of his night shift. He was heading home for a quick change, then heading out to play golf with his brothers when jihadists launched a hijacked plane into the North Tower of the World Trade Center.

The impact destroyed access to the stairwell, trapping hundreds of people above the 91st floor.

Siller hears the reports on his scanner and calls his wife to tell his brothers he’s not playing golf today.

Stephen Sillen, in an extraordinary move, turns around and walks back to the fire station.

Retrieving his gear, he headed down to lower Manhattan. Stopped at the Brooklyn Battery Bridge, which was closed in response to the attacks, Stephen got out of his truck, put on 60 pounds of gear and walked through the tunnel to the towers.

He ran into danger and lost his life serving our community.

WTC survivors hold rally in New York

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If you would like to help this outstanding group where 95% of funds raised go to the people they intend to help, please visit the website and help.

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The above post reflects the thoughts and observations of Bill Spadea, host of New Jersey talk show 101.5. All opinions expressed are those of Bill. Bill Spadea is on the air weekdays from 6-10 a.m., speaking from Jersey, taking your calls at 1-800-283-1015.

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Aubrey L. Morgan