It was the morning of September 11, 2001. Siller had just finished working the night shift in Brooklyn, New York. He was heading to meet his brothers when he heard some terrifying news. Two planes had crashed into the Twin Towers. The skyscrapers were in Manhattan, an area of New York City across the river from Brooklyn.
Siller got in his truck and headed toward the scene to help. But the tunnel leading into Manhattan was closed, so he couldn’t drive through it.
Siller could’ve stopped there, but he knew thousands of people were in danger. So he strapped on 60 pounds of gear, including his boots, helmet, and coat, and ran through the tunnel toward the burning towers.
Sadly, Siller was one of more than 400 firefighters, police officers, and other first responders who died when the towers collapsed that day. These heroes gave their lives trying to save others.
Siller’s family started the Tunnel to Towers Foundation in his memory. Each year, the group holds races to honor him. People often run in full firefighter gear, just as Siller did on that tragic day, now known as 9/11.