2011 Tunnel to Towers Run

Tunnel to Towers Run sent two Michigan first responders to NYC

Through our 2011 Tunnel to Towers Run – Detroit 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 25th.

We were honored to be able to send Deputy Brian Salenik and Deputy Shawn Wilson, both of the Oakland County Sheriff’s Department to New York City for the National Tunnel to Towers run being held on September 25. Deputy Salenik is currently a fire investigator with Oakland County having served at the National Security Agency after the 9/11 attacks. He is retired from the Army National Guard: he served in Desert Storm. Deputy Wilson is a Corporal in the United States Marine Corps, and currently serves as a reservist. He has completed two tours in Iraq. Both Deputy Salenik and Deputy Wilson traveled to New York City to help with the rescue efforts at ground zero in 2001. Detective Salenik has also shared his photos of the National Run in New York City.

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