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Tunnel to Towers Run Savannah to step off

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

The second annual Tunnel to Towers Run Savannah steps off Saturday. 

At 8 a.m. in Orleans Square is the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of an American hero. 

The 5k run/walk honors the lives of all 9/11 victims and the heroism of firefighter Stephen Siller.

He was off-duty on 9/1, but he ran through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to the World Trade Center and was among the 343 firefighters killed when the buildings collapsed. 

Tunnel to Towers races are held across America to raise money to build homes for severely wounded veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan. Proceeds from Saturday's race will go toward building smart homes for wounded veterans in Georgia. 

Ret. Army Ranger Michael Schlitz is a recipient of one of the smart homes in Georgia. He lost his limbs in Afghanistan from an IED attack. 

"It's going to be adapted to meet all my needs the fact that turning knobs is very hard for me, put smart keys in my pocket so they open for me, motion sensor for lights, specially adapted bathroom, specially adapted kitchen. they really have thought of every single thing they could possibly think of to make this home," Schlitz said. 

Siller's brother, George, spoke on "Mid-Morning Live" earlier Friday. 

 "Since 9/11, the war on terrorism, these guys have sacrificed life and limb, and I'm so proud to represent my brother and see these guys. They're so inspirational, it's just remarkable how resilient they are and how positive they are considering the challenges they have," said Georgia Siller, of the Tunnel to Towers Foundation. 

The packet pickup for the run takes place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Fleet Feet Sports Savannah and Saturday at Orleans Square before the 5K run. 

You can still register at the Fleet Feet on Friday. Registration is also available on race day at the event. 

WTOC is the media sponsor for the Tunnel to Towers Run Savannah. For full race details see the Tunnel to Towers Run website

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