FOREST CITY | A Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation 5K Walk/Run in Forest City on July 28 raised more than $4,000 for wounded veterans and first responders.
This is the first year the foundation has hosted a 5K in Forest City. Nearly 100 people attended.
The walk/run, which began at the Emergency Services Center, was organized by Forest City natives Amy Ryan and McKenzie Matasovsky along with Ciara Putney.
Forest City is one of nearly 60 Tunnel to Towers 5K runs and tower climbs across the country to honor first responders, remember 9/11, and raise funds to build Smart Homes for catastrophically wounded service members.
The Tunnel to Towers Foundation was created in honor of Stephen Siller, a New York City firefighter who lost his life on Sept. 11, 2001, after strapping on his gear and running through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to the Twin Towers.
Firefighters from Forest City, Crystal Lake, Corwith, and Clear Lake were present and in gear for the July 28 Tunnel to Towers event.
As the opening ceremony concluded, fire fighters, military personnel and veterans, and local first responders led walkers and runners to the start line.
At the end of the event, participants were able to sign a Forest City T2T flag.
Ryan and Matasovsky will be running the New York City T2T 5K this September, following the path Stephen Siller took from the Tunnel to the Towers. They will be carrying the flag from the Forest City event along the way.