On September 11, 2001, 34-year old New York firefighter Stephen Siller took his final heroic steps as he ran through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to the World Trade Center to help save others. Thousands of lives were spared that fateful day but this was not to be Stephen’s destiny. As a direct result of the impact of his heroic life, his loved ones felt compelled to have his positive presence continue through the creation of a Foundation. With this vision in mind a 501C tax-exempt charitable Foundation was established December 2001.
Stephen was father of five children and himself an orphan by the age of ten. In light of this, it seemed most fitting to have his love continue through improving the lives of children who have lost one or more parents or have other special needs. Stephen’s passion for life, his ability to find joy, to face any crisis, and to love others selflessly will always inspire those that knew him. It is our greatest desire to bring this faith and love into the lives of children who are struggling, so that they may find their own inner strength and resiliency, as Stephen did. Stephen Siller was first and foremost a loving husband and father. He was also a devoted brother, dedicated firefighter, loyal friend and committed neighbor. His life brought great light to those around him. It is our fervent wish that we do the same in his name. There is no amount of glory that can ever take the place of Stephen. However, through the Foundation, his life will continue to make a difference. Stephen’s legacy of love will extend into the lives of children as we continue his life’s purpose of doing good for others.