Tunnel to Towers Run comes to CNY
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SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Three-hundred forty-three members of the New York City Fire Department lost their lives responding to the World Trade Center on 9/11. Now a tradition retracing the final steps of one is coming to Central New York.
The Syracuse Firefighters Association announced plans for the city's first Tunnel to Towers Run in front of their living memorial in Firefighter Park.
The original run was founded by the family of firefighter Stephen Siller. Siller ran through the closed Brooklyn Battery Tunnel with 75 pounds of gear strapped to his back to try to meet up with his crew on the day of the attacks.
Half of the proceeds from the Syracuse race will benefit those injured in fires.
"We have the Clark Burn Center right here in Syracuse, which helps out everybody from a victim who was burned in a fire to firemen from the local area that get burned in fires. And of course, it's a member of the FDNY, so we have that brotherhood there," said James Donnelly, a member of the Syracuse FD.
The other half of proceeds will go to the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, which builds smart homes for wounded military veterans.
The Syracuse race is scheduled for 10 AM on Saturday, October 13, at the Inner Harbor. For more information on how to register, volunteer, or donate, visit www.tunneltotowers.org and select the button on the right of the screen that says, "9/11 Run Near You," and then click Syracuse on the map. You can also visit www.syracusefire.com.