2012 Tunnel to Towers Run

Through our 2012 Tunnel to Towers Run that was held on September 9th, we were able to raise enough funds to send two Michigan first responders to the national Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Run in New York City on September 30th. We were honored to be able to send Deputy Trevor Sanford and Dispatch Specialist Eric Snyder, both of the Oakland County Sheriff’s Department, on an all-expense paid weekend to New York City to participate in the national race. Sanford served in the Michigan National Guard and Snyder served in Kuwait and Iraq while in the Marine Corps. Both men were nominated by Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard.

The NYC race retraces the final steps of Stephen Siller, NYFD. Stephen had just gotten off the late shift at Squad 1, Park Slope, Brooklyn on September 11, 2001, when he heard the dispatch and quickly decided to go to the scene to offer help. He found that the Battery Park tunnel from Brooklyn to Manhattan was closed to vehicle traffic, so he ran the 3+ miles, carrying sixty pounds of gear, to the World Trade Center, where he and too many other first responders lost their lives.

More information about the Stephen Siller Foundation and the national run can be found at their website: http://www.tunneltotowersrun.org/stephen_siller.aspx