Paterson, NJ (September 30, 2009) – St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center's Special Operations Team was invited to provide medical coverage for the Firefighter Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Memorial Run/Walk held on Sunday, September 27, 2009. Sponsored by the City of New York, this eighth annual event celebrated firefighter Stephen Siller's bravery, and the resolute will of all the fallen heroes of 9/11.
"Being invited to support the Firefighter Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Memorial Run/Walk along with the other members of the St. Joseph's Special Operations Team is a great honor for St. Joseph's and our team," said Robert Bertollo, MICP, LRCP, MBA, program manager for the Life Support Education and Emergency Response Operations Team at St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center, Paterson, New Jersey.
A highlight of the experience was time spent with Former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani (center), shown here with members of the St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center Special Operations Team, (left to right) Omar Aranibar, Scott Coppolo, Rennie Jacob, Robert Bertollo, and Julie VanHouten.
"We met veterans who returned from the Middle East with multiple disabilities and still participated in the Run, countless firefighters from all over the U.S. and Great Britain, police officers, entire platoons of soldiers, and every day people who just wanted to give something back," said Bertollo. "Just being able to witness the courage of these folks, was an honor I'll never forget," he added.
The Firefighter Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Memorial Run/Walk is held each year to honor Firefighter Stephen Siller who heard the radio reports of the World Trade Center attack on 9/11. He drove his personal vehicle toward Manhattan in an attempt to join his fire company and was stopped at the Brooklyn Tunnel. Siller decided to leave his vehicle. With bunker gear on, he ran through the Tunnel to the World Trade Center. Siller was never seen again.