FORT RUCKER, Ala. (WDHN) — 19 years ago America lived through an attack that racked the nation’s security, claiming many lives.
One victim was Steven Siller.
Siller was a Brooklyn firefighter who, on Sept. 11, had just gotten off his shift and was on his way to play golf when he heard the radio report that a plane had crashed into the World Trade Center.
He grabbed his fire gear out of his car and raced through the Brooklyn Tunnel on foot to the Twin Towers.
Fort Rucker honored Siller Friday by walking in his memory.
“It’s a day that changed us as a nation,” Public Safety Director LTC. Phillip Lenz said. “It changed what we’ve done as a military. It’s changed what we do specifically as first responders. When you look at the sacrifices of Steven Siller, the things he did, I think it talks about his sense of duty, his loyalty, and really dedication for the overall mission.”
Siller, like many others that day, did not make it out. But the Fire department at Fort Rucker honored him and all the first responders lost that day.
The ceremony included speeches by the Fort Rucker Fire Chief Lonny Keen, LTC Phillip Lenz, and other military personnel. A two-and-a-half-mile march followed, which was the same length as the length Siller ran from the Brooklyn Tunnel to the World Trade Center.
“It’s good for our people,” Fire Chief Lonny Keen said. “It’s good for everybody. We invite the public out here. Generally, it’s supposed to be a little bigger than this. With the pandemic this year, we’ve had to kinda tone things down a little bit. We normally do a stair climb along with it. That didn’t happen this year because of all the COVID-19 stuff.”
Everyone in attendance wore masks and kept their distance to support the fallen but stay safe.