2015 Run to Remember

The Michigan Remembers 9-11 Fund held its 5th annual Run to Remember on Saturday, September 12, 2015 in Lansing’s Old Town. Through this event, and the support of our presenting sponsors Meijer and ITC Holdings, we were able to raise enough funds to send two first responders to represent Michigan in the national Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Run in New York City at the end of September.

We were honored to send Oakland County Sheriff’s Detective Brian Behrend and East Lansing Firefighter/Paramedic Nicole Kitson on an all-expense paid weekend to compete in the national race. Behrend, of White Lake, works as an investigator with the Fugitive Apprehension Team under the directive of the U.S. Marshals Service and has served 13 years with the U.S. Army. He has received many commendations in his career including the Bronze Star. Kitson, of Holt, also works as a part-time fire instructor with the Lansing Community College Regional Fire Training Center. Both were selected by the Fund’s nomination committee based on their daily service to the people of Michigan and their communities. Upon returning from their weekend in New York, both Nicole and Brian expressed deep gratitude for the once in a lifetime experience.

The NYC race retraces the final steps of New York Fire Fighter Stephen Siller. 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 on their website.

Brian Behrend and Nicole Kitson at the Tunnel to Towers Run in NYC.

Brian Behrend and Nicole Kitson at the Tunnel to Towers Run in NYC.

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Final results from our 09/12/15 event can be found here: Run to Remember 5k Results

Photos from the 09/12/15 event can be found here or they can also be found on our Facebook page.