2016 Run to Remember
The Michigan Remembers 9-11 Fund held its 6th annual Run to Remember on Saturday, September 10, 2016 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 Lansing Fire Department’s Matt Sehlke and Grand Rapids Police Department’s Ryan Ricketson on an all-expense paid weekend to compete in the national race. Sehlke, of Dewitt, works as a Firefighter and Paramedic and has served over 20 years, nearly 16 of those for the Lansing Fire Department. Ricketson, of Grand Rapids, works as a Police Officer with the Grand Rapids Police Department. Prior to that, Ryan served on the Gang Unit and SWAT Team for the Battle Creek Police Department and as a Trooper for the Michigan State Police.Both were selected by the Fund’s nomination committee based on their daily service to the people of Michigan and their communities Both Matt and Ryan expressed their gratitude for the opportunity to take part in the 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.