Name a New Staten Island Ferry Boat after Firefighter Stephen G. Siller
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Currently, there is a debate going on of what to name one of the Brand New Staten Island Ferry Boats. The New Ollis Class Ferry Boats (named after former Army Staff Sgt. Michael H. Ollis) still have two names up in the air for debate of what they should be named. The Proposal I have is to have one of the New Ferry Boat's after Stephen G. Siller, a New York City Firefighter who was killed during the September 11th Attacks.
The Following Is an Except From the Stephen Siller Foundation about Stephen Siller's Story.
"Firefighter Stephen Gerard Siller was the youngest of seven children born to Mae and George Siller. At the age of eight, Stephen lost his father, and a year and a half later he also lost his mother, which left him an orphan to be raised by his older siblings. For a while Stephen went through a period of struggle, but thanks to the love of his siblings, and the values instilled in him by his parents, he grew up to be an extraordinary individual and dedicated firefighter. More than most, he knew that time was precious and accomplished much in his 34 years.
On September 11, 2001, Stephen, who was assigned to Brooklyn’s Squad 1, had just finished his shift, and was on his way to play golf with his brothers when he got word of the first plane hitting the Twin Towers over his scanner. Upon hearing the news, Stephen called his wife Sally and asked her to tell his brothers he would catch up with them later, and returned to Squad 1 to get his gear.
Stephen drove his truck to the entrance of the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel, but it had already been closed for security purposes. Determined to carry out his duty, he strapped 60 lbs. of gear to his back, and raced on foot through the tunnel to the Twin Towers, where he gave up his life while saving others.
Stephen had everything to live for; a great wife, five wonderful children, a devoted extended family, and friends. Stephen’s parents were lay Franciscans and he grew up under the guiding philosophy of St. Francis of Assisi, whose encouraging and inspirational phrase “while we have time, let us do good” were words that Stephen lived by. Stephen’s life and heroic death serve as a reminder to us all to live life to the fullest and to spend our time here on earth doing good – this is his legacy." - Stephen Siller Foundation
It is undeniable that Stephen G. Siller should have his name on one of the new Ollis Class Ferry Boats. The legacy he and the other first responders of the September 11th attacks has left an indelible mark on our society in New York City and what a great way would it be than to honor an individual who left his mark on this city and the Borough of Staten Island by having his name on one of the new Ollis Class Ferry Boats.
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