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Tunnel to close for Siller Run

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Posted: Thursday, September 26, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 10:55 am, Thu Oct 3, 2013.

The Hugh L. Carey/Brooklyn Battery Tunnel will close for several hours on Sunday for the annual Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Run, commemorating the late FDNY firefighter’s dash through the tunnel to reach the World Trade Center in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks.

One tube will close at 10 p.m. on Saturday and remain closed through 3 p.m. on Sunday. The remaining tube will have one lane in each direction until 8 a.m. on Sunday, when it too will close.

Drivers are being asked to seek alternative routes.

About 20,000 people are expected to participate, starting in Red Hook and continuing to the site of the Twin Towers.

Siller, 34, of Squad 1 in Brooklyn, had just gotten off duty when he heard of the attacks, picked up his gear and drove to the tunnel. Finding it closed to traffic, the husband and father of five ran nearly two miles with more than 60 pounds of equipment on his back to join his unit.

He was one of 12 members of Squad 1 last seen heading into the South Tower, and one of 343 FDNY firefighters killed that day.

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