LOGAN — The City of Logan hosted the first annual Tunnel to Tower 5k walk/run Sat., Sept. 12th, in Logan. The Tunnel to Tower race is a 5k that takes place all over the Nation to honor those lives lost on September 11th in the Twin Towers terrorist attack. City of Logan Firefighter Chris Hatfield ran the entire race in full gear in honor of Stephen Siller, a firefighter that lost his life on September 11th.
On Sept. 11, 2001, Firefighter Stephen Siller had just gotten off the late shift at Squad 1, Park Slope, Brooklyn. He was on his way to play golf with his brothers when his scanner told of the first plane hitting the Twin Towers. When he heard the news, Stephen called his wife Sally and asked her to tell his brothers he would catch up with them later, and then returned to Squad 1 to get his gear. Stephen drove his truck to the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel, but it was already closed. So he strapped 60 pounds of gear to his back, rushed on foot through gridlocked traffic and ran from the Tunnel to the Towers where he gave up his life while saving others.
Stephen led a legacy of giving back to others, so through this organization, groups are encouraged to raise money to benefit important causes that give back. The City of Logan Fire Department participates in Operation Santa every year where they work to give every child in Logan a gift for Christmas. This first annual race had 47 runners and raised $1,400 toward Operation Santa.
Winners for the race included first place overall, Stefan Murray, who won the $100 grand prize as well as a trophy and medal. The entire race was professionally timed by tristateracer.com and full results and winners are listed in their site. Best Group was awarded to Turner Karate. The City of Logan Fire Department plans to make this an annual event for September 11th and a benefit for Operation Santa.