Monday, September 24, 2012
Very few people will ever forget where they were on September 11, 2001 – the day that almost 3,000 people were killed in terrorist attacks in the USA.
At the heart of that day’s tragedy was the New York City Fire Department, which lost 343 firefighters in heroic attempts to save people from the crumbling towers of the World Trade Center.
Now 11 years on from that awful day, the memory of those who perished in the attacks will be remembered by a group of about 35 fundraisers from Norfolk.
Ever since 2001, the Tunnels to Tower run has been held in New York in honour of firefighter Stephen Siller who, hearing about the attacks on the World Trade Center just after finishing his late shift at work, headed straight for the scene.
He called his wife to tell her he would be late and drove his truck to the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel. As it was already closed to traffic, Mr Siller strapped his 60lbs of gear to his back and ran through the tunnel to try to meet up with his colleagues.
Mr Siller’s family now organises the annual run to honour both him and all the 343 firefighters who lost their lives on 9/11. Now the event has travelled across the Atlantic and the inaugural UK Tunnels to Towers run will be held in London next month.
About 10,000 people are expected to take part in the 5K run, starting in Southwark Park in Bermondsey, before heading through the Rotherhithe Tunnel and Wapping to finish at Billingsgate Market, in the shadows of the Canary Wharf towers in London’s Docklands.
One of those runners on Sunday, October 21 will be Phil Berry, manager of Carrow Fire Station in east Norwich, who is raising money for the Fire Fighters Charity.
Mr Berry, 47, has been with Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service for 24 years and is looking forward to being involved with the event.
He said: “There are quite a few individuals from Norfolk taking part, not only from the fire and rescue service but also colleagues in our lowland rescue service.
“I think most people know where they were when events started to unfold on that day (9/11) and I think the actions of the firefighters that day captures everything about the fire and rescue community.”
Sponsor Mr Berry at www.justgiving.com/tunneltotowersNFRS
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