The annual Firefighter Stephen Siller Memorial Run is a tribute to a brother FDNY firefighter who made the ultimate sacrifice on September 11, 2001. He attempted to drive into Manhattan shortly following the attacks on the world trade center, and was unable to pass through the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel. The father of five donned his turnout gear, abandoned his truck, and ran to the world trade center, in search of the crew assigned to FDNY Special Operations Command Squad 1 of Brooklyn. Twelve members of this elite group died that day.
The event commemorates the extraordinary heroism of New York’s bravest by retracing Stephen Siller’s run from Brooklyn to the world trade center. The Darien Fire Department joins brother and sister firefighters from around the world, every year, on the last weekend of September, for this event. Participants commonly wear full turnout gear for the run (or walk) commemorating the spirit in which our brother acted.
Pictured (Left to right, standing) are Jack Dowling, Stacey Psichopaidas, Lt. Shane Smith, Russ Oulette; and (left to right, front) Kristi Smith, Andrew Vanech, Chris Rogers, Asst. Chief Matt Lucero, Lt. Aaron Miller, Alex Orsi, and Jamie Condolora.