The Corps of Cadets participated in the annual Tunnel to Towers 5K run on Sunday in New York City.
The event memorializes Fire Department New York firefighter Stephen Siller who was off duty when the planes hit the World Trade Center Sept. 11, 2001.
Instead of a day of relaxation with his brothers, Siller returned to his squad to grab his gear. He drove his truck to the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel, but it was already closed.
Siller still didn’t turn back. He strapped 60 pounds of gear to his back and rushed on foot through gridlocked traffic and ran from the tunnel to the towers where he gave his life while saving others.
West Point cadets and leadership have been participating in the run for years to honor Siller and the other 342 FDNY firefighters who died that day.
The run ends at the footprint of Ground Zero where the old World Trade Center buildings stood and the current National Sept. 11 Memorial and Museum currently stands.
Photos by Class of 2023 Cadet Hannah Lamb