Marquette, MI – August 6, 2015 – Retired New York City Fire Department firefighter Ray Thomas presented Carpet Specialists Carpet One with a piece of 9/11 World Trade Center Steel today in Marquette and Ishpeming to personally thank owner Scott Patrick and his staff for their support of the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation’s program Building for America’s Bravest (BFAB), a program that builds high tech Smart Homes for service members returning from war who have catastrophic injuries.
Major Discount talked to Carpet Specialists Carpet One Owner Scott Patrick about the event:
Carpet One Floor & Home, and its manufacturing partner Mohawk, committed to providing flooring materials and installation for 46 Smart Homes and Carpet Specialists Carpet One in Marquette and Ishpeming are raising funds to build those Smart Homes – homes that are custom designed to address the unique needs of each individual veteran, allowing them to live better, more independent lives.
The staff at Carpet Specialists Carpet One are asking customers to donate $10 toward building homes for our heroes and Scott Patrick at Carpet One matches your $10 donation. Then Mohawk carpets matches that $20. So, a $10 local donation turns into a $40 donation!
Lt. Ray Thomas recently retired from the New York Fire Department after 24 years. On September 11, 2001, his ladder company 118 responded after the second plane hit the towers and tragically all members of the company perished. Lt. Thomas was off duty on that day, but responded on his own to the towers before the collapse of the north tower. He spent 6 weeks at the WTC site in rescue and recovery operations.
Lt. Thomas spoke candidly about his 9/11 experience at the Marquette store.
His voice wavered as he talked about the friends he lost that day, the men he said were “more than brothers” to him. The small audience listened raptly as Lt. Thomas talked about his own fears when he heard over the fire department radio that more planes had been hijacked and would soon be entering the area. He feared for his life and kept watching for more planes.
Then, Lt. Thomas saw a USAF fighter jet flying slow and low over the city. When he saw the American flag on that aircraft, he felt overwhelming relief. Knowing that the American military was on the job and he and the rest of the rescue workers were safe to go about their work brought peace to Lt. Thomas. That connection to the men and women who serve in the armed forces compelled him to help raise funds for BFAB.
Major Discount was able to talk to Lt. Thomas at Carpet Specialists Carpet One in Ishpeming as Lt. Thomas presented the Ishpeming location with a piece of the World Trade Center steel from 9/11. Listen as Major Discount talks with Lt. Thomas about his association with the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation.
Please consider donating to this worthwhile fund and help a seriously wounded veteran receive a customized home.
To donate online, visit Building for America’s Bravest.
About The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation
The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, named in honor of FDNY 9/11 fallen Firefighter Stephen Siller who responded on his own to 9/11, but was unable to get to the towers because the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel had already been closed. Siller strapped on 60 pounds of firefighting gear and ran on foot through the gridlocked traffic from the Tunnel to the Towers, where he gave his life to save others.
The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation is best known for it’s annual Tunnel to Towers Run at Ground Zero in New York City. Runners and walkers trace Stephen Sillers’ steps on his way through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to the Towers. The non-profit foundation is committed to building specially adapted Smart Homes for the most seriously wounded U.S. veterans through its Building For America’s Bravest program. For more information about the Stephen Seller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, go to www.Tunnel2Towers.org.