Sunday, September 30, 2012
Three King of Prussia Fire Company firefighters traveled north to New York City for the annual Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Run. Lieutenant Vince DiSanto, Firefighter Bob Smull, their wives, and Firefighter Dave Gallagher ran the distance from Brooklyn to the base of the World Trade Center. This is the 3rd year in a row that members from the fire company participated in the event. This is the same organization with which the KPVFC organized their satellite Stephen Siller 5K Run through a couple weeks ago. The event first started in New York City to pay tribute to one of the 343 New York City firefighters that lost their lives on September 11, 2001. What makes firefighter Siller unique from the rest is not only the fact he was off duty when his Brooklyn Squad 1 responded that day, but he turned his personal vehicle around and headed to the World Trade Center to help. Unable to make it past the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel due to traffic congestion, firefighter Siller abandoned his pick-up truck and lugged his gear on foot, through the tunnel, to the trade center site. Unfortunately, firefighter Siller did not survive that day. The course for the New York City Siller run follows the footsteps that Stephen took that fateful day. The Siller foundation helps to build homes for wounded soldiers who need special accommodations, and this year, raised over $1 million. It is humbling days such as this that help motivate the volunteers at the King of Prussia Fire Company to continue helping their community.