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Phoenix Tunnel to Towers Race

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    Posted on: August 14th, 2017

    Greetings, On September 11th, 2001, My brother Gary Herold was working for AON Insurance on the 98TH floor of the South Tower. Gary was last seen assisting with the evacuation along with Eric Eisenberg, a coworker. All of the AON employees on the 98th floor survived except for Gary and Eric. It was assumed that the second plane hit the tower as Gary and Eric were in the area of the impact. As I watched the days events unfold and saw the police and fire officials assisting and ultimately losing their lives to help others, I was so devastated to think of all the lives lost. All the families, friends and neighbors that might have been lost… it was difficult to comprehend. Firefighter Stephen Siller ran into the towers to save people like my brother. First responders like Stephen Siller were able to recover my brother’s remains. I am forever grateful. Each and everyday, our military service people defend our freedom and keep us safe. Our country’s dedicated first responders and military need our support! Recently, my wife Stella and I were asked if we would be interested in becoming Race Directors for the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers 5K race here in Phoenix, Arizona. I had already heard about the Foundation and their tremendous efforts to assist first responders and our military. My wife and I did not have to think long about the decision. We were on board immediately! The opportunity to “Do good for others” was not just a good idea, it satisfied a yearning to help, to give back and let our military and first responders know how much we really appreciate them. To make them aware that we are here for them in their time of need. We have a saying in our family since 9-11, “To grieve is a tribute. To remember a blessing. To overcome and help others, a victory in the eyes of those we have lost.” Stella and I are so proud to be a part of the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation! We are learning the ropes of setting up the event and we look forward to working with all of you to assist all those who are always vigilant to help us; Our military and first responders.

    John & Stella Herold
    Phoenix Tunnel to Towers Race Directors