A Pennsylvania company had the opportunity to meet with four 9/11 first responders who visited its store in April 2015. The four men, all members of the Fire Department of New York, stopped into Carpet One Floor & Home located in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.
The firefighters visited the store to recognize the storeowner for his support of a program known as Building for America’s Bravest, designed to assist returning military veterans who have been injured in war by building high-tech “smart homes” for them. It is a project of the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, a charity created to honor the efforts of these heroes.
Carpet One Floor & Home contributed to the effort to support these veterans by providing both flooring materials and installation for dozens of homes. The homes are expensive — at nearly $500,000 each to build — and these types of donations make their construction possible.
The firefighters thanked the company by presenting the owner with a shadowbox containing steel from Ground Zero. Each of the four first responders was off duty the morning of the terrorist attacks and immediately rushed to aid in rescue efforts. Their friend and fellow first responder, Stephen Siller, died when a building collapsed on him. The charity was created in his honor and other first responders, such as those onsite at Carpet One, continue to raise awareness.
Years later, many people are still experiencing the effects of the attacks on 9/11. If you are suffering injuries or illnesses due to your work on or after that day, speak with a knowledgeable New York City injury attorney at Barasch, McGarry Salzman & Penson to learn more about your legal options.