Iota Tau’s 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb

On September 7th, 2017, the men of the Iota Tau Chapter of Sigma Pi Fraternity, and the woman of the Zetu Mu Chapter of Gamma Phi Beta, partnered up to carry out their annual event that gets quite a lot of buzz around campus: The 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb. A timely event for sure, being only days before the 16th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center.

Thanks to the kindness of the St. John’s community, the event yielded nearly $1700, that will be directly donated to the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation.

Dom Pintaville reflected on the event after it was all set and done, saying how “all of the hours of planning and hard work become worth it when you see the smiling faces of public safety and the members of FDNY coming together to honor the fallen and those who sacrificed themselves on that horrific day.”

The Foundation pledges to support the families of first responders who have lost their lives while protecting and serving the people of New York City, and is in honor of Stephen Siller, a hero who gave up his life to save the lives of others 16 years ago. For every donation, a brother or sister of the involved organizations ran, (or walked), up and down the stairs to symbolize the climb many first responders made back in 2001.

Also present, Ladder Truck 125 & Engine 315 of the FDNY. As their sirens went off, our event drew in even a bigger crowd. Then, before the brave men said goodbye, they ran up and down the Great Stairs alongside our brothers in support our event.

The event also could not have been possible without St. John’s Public Safety. One officer called the event, “one of [his] favorite events Sigma Pi does.” Most of these officers are retired NYPD and FDNY members, and always give us their full support. Next week, on Sept. 12th, Sigma Pi is holding their annual softball game against St. John’s Finest.

The Iota Tau Chapter today, and everyday, wants to send all of our gratitude and appreciation to the heroes who fight tirelessly day in and day out to keep our communities safe. Thank you. We will Never Forget.

~Roll Pi.