This event has raised over $5 million for burn victims, orphans, Katrina relief and other causes since it started seven years ago. OSEC had supplied power after both World Trade Center terror attacks, first to the Towers themselves and second to the surrounding areas and was proud to be a part of this event.
The annual run/walk followed the path Firefighter Stephen Siller took on 9/11. Heroic Firefighter Stephen Siller, father of five, raced on foot with 75 pounds of gear strapped to his back through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to the World Trade Center Towers and laid down his life for others that day. The "Tunnel to Towers Run/Walk" honors not only Stephen, but also the memory of all those who perished on that fateful day.
OSEC provided power solutions by placing sound attenuated generators along the carnival-like celebration. These ultra quiet and environmentally friendly generators powered vendor tents, serving food to the race competitors and power for entertainment areas. The entertainment areas provided special games for children, including face painting, clowns, and balloons.
Among the participants this year were The London Bridge, a contingent of 150 firefighters from England, and members of the U.S. military (including the Wounded Warriors) on hand to honor the fallen. Famed performance artist Michael Israel created a patriotic water color live as the firefighters marched in formation from their positions in the tunnel. Former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani attended, as did Academy Award nominated actors John Tuturro and Danny Aiello.
Joe Gere, Director of Entertainment & Special Events at On Site Energy stated: "We are very happy to be a part of this year's event and be able to showcase our newest product PEACH ( Packaged Electric Air Conditioning Heating). The Peach unit is a direct result of our experiences at Ground Zero and other disaster sites."
Dennis French, Project Coordinator for PEACH sales & rentals at On Site Manufacturing said: "With PEACH we were able to provide power and cooling to the NYFD dignitary tent near the finish line. PEACH is our new state of the art first responder emergency equipment which utilizes a 45 kW generator for electricity, with a 10 ton air conditioner for cooling, and a distribution panel that provides 110V power outlets for accessories. During initial set-up of the NYFD tent PEACH's 3,000 watt roof mounted command lights were used to provide lighting in the early morning hours". Several New York Fire Department personnel were overheard commenting, "How many of these PEACH units are we getting and when are mine arriving?"