A FIREFIGHTER from Grantham took part in a special charity race in New York in honour of a hero fireman who died in the World Trade Centre ten years ago.
Steve Fay, who lives in Sunningdale, Grantham, but works as a firefighter in London, travelled with his wife Jenny to take part in the Tunnel to Towers run in New York.
The annual event is organised in memory of New York fireman Stephen Siller who was not working the day of the attacks but headed for the site, running through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel in full gear to get to Ground Zero.
The run recreates his route to the former World Trade Centre towers.
Steve Fay said: “It was very honouring to be retracing his steps through the tunnel.
“There were a lot of fire fighters taking part from America, the UK and the rest of Europe. It’s quite a big deal as an event over there.
“It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a few years and it’s definitely something I would want to do again.”
Steve was joined on the run by wife Jenny, a nurse at Grantham Hospital.
He said there was a worrying moment during the run when everyone’s eyes turned to a plane which appeared to be flying very close to the new building, currently under construction.
Steve said: “There was a plane - quite a low-flying plane I can assure you - and it looked as if it was heading straight for the tower.
“It must just have been the angle we saw it from because it went straight past. I looked over and saw a firefighter I recognised from a documentary. He looked up and shook a little and said it brought it all back to him.”
The event raises money for a variety of causes including the families of those killed on 9/11 and veterans who were killed or seriously injured fighting for their country.
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