8th TSC runs to honor 9/11 first responders, service members

| September 15, 2011 | 0 Comments
Wearing the unit’s blue T-shirts, Soldiers from 8th TSC run in cadence at Ford Island during the Stephen Siller Foundation 5K Tunnel to Towers Run, Sunday. Siller was a firefighter who responded to the 9/11 Twin Towers attack. Similar events honoring his memory, including golf tournaments, are held throughout the U.S.

Wearing the unit’s blue T-shirts, Soldiers from 8th TSC run in cadence at Ford Island during the Stephen Siller Foundation 5K Tunnel to Towers Run, Sunday. Siller was a firefighter who responded to the 9/11 Twin Towers attack. Similar events honoring his memory, including golf tournaments, are held throughout the U.S.

Story and Photo by
Spc. Tiffany Dusterhoft
8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs

FORD ISLAND — Thirty-seven Soldiers from 8th Theater Sustainment Command volunteered to run in the Stephen Siller Foundation 5K Tunnel to Towers Run, here, Sunday.

Siller was a firefighter who responded to the 9/11 attack on the Twin Towers but couldn’t travel beyond the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel due to traffic.

Refusing to give up, he exited his truck and ran through the tunnel with 60 pounds of firefighting gear strapped to his back. He later lost his life.

Runners, representing all services and civilians, ran or walked to honor the courage and dedication of 9/11’s victims and first responders, as well as service members, their families and responders since the attacks who have been serving to protect our homeland.

Sgt. Phillis White, noncommissioned officer for battalion retention, 8th TSC, believes that Soldiers should support such an important tribute.

“I feel like it is my duty as a Soldier to come out and support (the event) because as Soldiers, we put our lives on the line overseas to protect civilians, while these men and women put their lives on the line to protect us here in the U.S.,” she said.

For Sgt. Jennifer Kreiztin, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 8th Special Troops Battalion, 8th TSC, the event was about more than just 9/11.

“I wanted to run in memory of the six Soldiers in the Judge Advocate Corps who have been killed in action in Iraq and Afghanistan,” she said. “All of their names were on the back of my assault packet, to include Stephen Siller. I wore the assault pack to honor Stephen Siller running with his gear.”

“Our company commander told us about (this run) … (and) I said that it would be good to come out and support this organization on this day,” said Spc. Cheryl Harper, HHC, 8th STB, 8th TSC. “It was great. I was very motivated, and I’m glad I got to be a part of this alongside everyone else in the 8th TSC.”

Soldiers with the 8th TSC ran in formation and called cadence to motivate themselves and fellow runners.

“I heard a lot of people commenting on how the military cadence was motivating them throughout the run. It was great,” said Danielle McClendon, who ran with her husband, Sgt. Antonio McClendon, HHC, 8th STB, 8th TSC.

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