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Hundreds participate in Tunnel to Towers event

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Hundreds of school children waving flags and holding photos, one for each of the 343 firefighters killed at the World Trade Center on September 11th.

A heartfelt tribute at the heart of Saturday's Tunnel to Towers run and for many, the emotional highlight of the second annual event.

Seeing the boy scouts in the last stretch just pumped em up made me want to finish up with the run. Seeing everyone out here was amazing.

For the Second year in a row Savannah showed its dedication and appreciation for our American heros by committing to the Tunnel to Towers race.
 
"It's wonderful especially;y when you are passing the photos of the fallen. I always go by and make sure I say thank you to them. Thank you for coming out. Thank you for volunteering. They didn't have to do it . It means a lot to us." said Mike Schiltz.

The run benefits severely wounded veterans, such as Mike Schiltz who was burned over 80 percent of his body and lost both hands in an IED attack in Afghanistan six years ago. The proceeds from the race will go towards building a custom smart home that will provide Schlitz even greater independence through the Stephen Siller foundation..
 
"The foundation was named after Stephen Siller, who was the brother of the founders of the Tunnel to Tower foundation. So he is part of that 343 and now they have continued it on to the military to help carry that torch along," said Mike Schiltz.

As a tribute to the dedication, perseverance, and bravery Stephen Siller embodied as he ran through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to Ground Zero, and to remember his firefighter brothers and all those who died on 9/11, firefighters from near and far ran in full gear.

"This is huge to see the other firefighters in gear, usually it's just our team and there are just a few others in gear. But to see the support in the other firefighters this is a huge showing normally you don't see this many. This is actually a big deal, so we appreciate it." said Marc McCorkle, LRMO Fire District.

This patriotic event held at various cities around the nation ensures that their sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Islands High School cheerleaders ran the race in honor of one of their own's father, Tyson Nick, who passed away nine months ago in Afghanistan, leaving behind a wife and three children.

"Moved to Savannah last year and this was the first 5k we have ever done, and this year we decided to run it in his honor and all the fallen heroes and try and raise money for everybody"

Nearly 1000 runners participated in this years event.

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