NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Frank Siller completed his incredible, 500-mile walk from the Pentagon to Ground Zero on Saturday to commemorate the 20th anniversary of his firefighter brother’s death on 9/11.
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Siller, brother of late FDNY firefigheter Stephen and founder of the Tunnel to Towers Foundation, walked through six states over six weeks to honor all first responders who died in the terror attack.
“Personally, I wish he was alive and we didn’t have to go through these things—but that’s not the reality; he gave his live and we’re so proud of what he did,” Siller said of his youngest brother. “So that’s why we’re doing what we do.”
The 68-year-old Siller emarked on the “Never Forget Walk” to raise awareness of, and funding for, the Tunnel to Towers’ mission to helps the families of fallen first responders. He said he had come across police officers and firefighters waiting at rural intersections to offer him support.
“Through his heroic actions, he’s been able to help thousands and thousands of families...he’s changed the outlook of many families that were in despair that lost their loved one I think he would be very produ of that,” Siller said of his organization.
“I’m sure he would do it all over again if he was given the choice: to go save somebody and give up his life, or to run away from danger — he wouldn’t run away from danger,” Siller said.