The Tunnel to Towers Foundation, which has previously assisted the family of fallen Newman Police Cpl. Ronil Singh, will be hosting a fundraising run in Newman this year.

The Tunnel to Towers Foundation was created in the memory of New York Firefighter Stephen Siller with the mission of assisting catastrophically injured veterans and first responders, fallen first responder families, and Gold Star families. 

On Sept. 11, 2001 Siller had completed his shift with Brooklyn Squad 1 when he heard news of an airplane hitting the North Tower of the World Trade Center. Siller returned to Squad 1 to gather his gear and drove to the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel, only to find it had been closed. With his 60 pounds of gear in tow, Siller ran from the tunnel to the Twin Towers where he lost his life. He was 34 years old and left behind his wife and five children.

During the last Sunday of each September a Tunnel to Towers run is held in New York City that follows the same path as that taken by Siller on Sept. 11. Proceeds from the run benefit the families of injured or fallen veterans and first responders.

Shortly after Singh was killed on Dec. 26, 2018, Tunnel to Towers Foundation Chairman and CEO and brother of Firefighter Siller, Frank Siller, flew from New York City to California to personally meet with Corporal Singh’s widow at the Newman Police Department where he informed her that the remaining mortgage balance on the Singh’s family home was to be paid in full by the Tunnel to Towers Foundation.

As Tunnel to Towers looks to expand their Runs Across America program, a 5k run will be held in the City of Newman with all proceeds benefiting the Foundation. The run/walk event in Newman is planned for 8 a.m. June 11.

The Newman Police Department is hoping to raise $25,000 for the Foundation. Registration began last week and so far about $2,100 has been donated. 

The fees for participating in the 5K are $30 for adults; $25 for veterans and first responders; $20 for teens between 13 to 17 years; $15 for children 12 and under. The event also is looking for volunteers.

To register, volunteer or donate to the event, go to https://dogood.t2t.org/event/2022-tunnel-to-towers-5k-run-and-walk-newman-ca/e390033.