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11th annual Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Run

Firefighters wearing the American flag make their way

Firefighters wearing the American flag make their way to the tunnel during the 11th annual Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Run. (Sept. 30, 2012) Photo Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Run commemorates the efforts of Siller, who was on his way home to Staten Island from a shift at his Park Slope firehouse when he learned of the terrorist attacks. He couldn't drive through the tunnel, so Siller, who grew up in Rockville Center, threw on his firefighting gear and started running.

Firefighter completes the run during the 11th annual
Photo Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

Firefighter completes the run during the 11th annual Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Run. (Sept. 30, 2012)

Firefighter completes the run and taps the finish
Photo Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

Firefighter completes the run and taps the finish line banner during the 11th annual Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Run. (Sept. 30, 2012)

Firefighter completes the run during the 11th annual
Photo Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

Firefighter completes the run during the 11th annual Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Run. (Sept. 30, 2012)

Firefighter makes his way to the finish line
Photo Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

Firefighter makes his way to the finish line during the 11th annual Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Run. (Sept. 30, 2012)

Participants make their way to the tunnel during
Photo Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

Participants make their way to the tunnel during the 11th annual Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Run. (Sept. 30, 2012)

Members of the Army make their way to
Photo Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

Members of the Army make their way to the tunnel during the 11th annual Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Run. (Sept. 30, 2012)

Participants make their way to the tunnel during
Photo Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

Participants make their way to the tunnel during the 11th annual Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Run. (Sept. 30, 2012)

Firefighters wearing the American flag make their way
Photo Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

Firefighters wearing the American flag make their way to the tunnel during the 11th annual Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Run. (Sept. 30, 2012)

Participants gather near the looming image of the
Photo Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

Participants gather near the looming image of the tower after crossing the finish line of the 11th annual Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Run. (Sept. 30, 2012)

Stephen Siller, 34, who grew up in Rockville
Photo Credit: Handout

Stephen Siller, 34, who grew up in Rockville Centre, was a firefighter assigned to Squad 1 in Park Slope, Brooklyn. He had just finished his tour and was heading home to Staten Island when he heard a plane had crashed into the World Trade Center. He strapped on his gear and ran nearly two miles through the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel toward the fire. His remains were never found. This is one in a series of profiles of LI families who lost loved ones on 9/11, and how they're coping 10 years later. Go to www.newsday.com/911anniversary for the full profile, or to send in memories, photos or video. You can also use the iReport tool in the newsday.com iPhone application (click on iReporter in the top navigation).

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