Tunnel-to-Towers hiker to cross Bayonne Bridge

Cross-country walk honors brother who died on 9/11

Frank Siller, the Tunnel to Towers Foundation’s Sept. 11 hiker, is expected to walk through Bayonne around Sept. 9, according to Mayor James Davis.

The Siller family founded the Tunnel to Towers Foundation to honor the memory and carry on the legacy of their brother, Stephen, a New York City firefighter.

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On Sept. 11, 2001, Stephen strapped on 60 pounds of equipment and rushed on foot through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to the twin towers of the World Trade Center.

It was there that Stephen gave his life while helping others. He was one of 343 firefighters who perished after responding to the World Trade Center attacks.

Walking across the country

To honor the 20 anniversary of Stephen’s heroism, his brother Frank has been walking across the country. By the time his journey is completed on Sept. 11, Frank’s 537-mile walk will have covered parts of West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York.

Siller’s walk is expected to take him across New Jersey to the west side of Jersey City and then to Bayonne. He will walk from the northern end of Bayonne south to the Bayonne Bridge.

The walk will continue across the Bayonne Bridge, through Staten Island and Brooklyn, and then via the Hugh Carey Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to Manhattan on Sept. 11.

Local involvement

Davis said that the police department, fire department, McCabe Ambulance, Board of Education, and veterans of Bayonne will be involved in Frank’s walk through Bayonne.

Due to the unpredictable timing of the walk, it was not possible to announce an exact schedule. The walk could reach Bayonne on either Wednesday, Sept. 8, or Thursday, Sept. 9.

The timing is expected to be clarified in early September. Davis urged residents to watch for updates through Bayonne at bayonnenj.org, the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) Facebook page, Davis’s Facebook page, and other social media.

For updates on this and other stories, check www.hudsonreporter.com and follow us on Twitter @hudson_reporter. Daniel Israel can be reached at disrael@hudsonreporter.com.

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