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Commemorative T-shirts to benefit 9-11 Tunnel to Tower Foundation

By Joseph Slacian

A pair of local women have designed a T-shirt to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, and to help a charity that assists military personnel and first responders.

The women, Toni Metzger and Karin Dubois, are offering the shirts online with all the proceeds going to the Tunnel to Towers Foundation. Metzger is owner of 95.9 KISS-FM – WKUZ Radio and Dubois is on the station’s staff.

“Karin and I were talking in the office one day and realized that the 20th anniversary of Sept. 11 was in 2021,” Metzger told The Paper of Wabash County.

After much discussion, we decided to design a shirt to sell and have all the proceeds go to the Tunnel to Towers Foundation.

“We contacted Tunnel to Towers and explained what we were trying to do and received their permission to go with it. They loved the designs.”

The shirt has two different designs from which to choose, and are available in T-shirts or tank tops.

One design, which features the skyline of New York City, the Statue of Liberty, the American flag, a bald eagle and more, is available only on grey shirts. There are two colors on the design.

The other design, which does not include the eagle, is available in navy blue, light grey, dark grey and black on T-shirts or in navy blue and light grey on tank tops and is in full color.

“We actually have two designs because we couldn’t agree,” Metzger said.

Dubois added, “We never agree on anything.”

There is a heat press at the radio station, and Dubois is in charge of printing up the shirts. Doing so will help with expenses and provide more money for the charity.

“As a radio station, we’re pretty passionate about helping people, especially heroes,” Metzger said. “We are delighted and honored to do whatever we can to help.”

The Tunnel to Towers Foundation was created by the family of Stephen Gerard Siller, a New York City firefighter who lost his live at the World Trade Center.

Siller, according to the Foundation’s website, was assigned to Brooklyn’s Squad 1 and had just finished his shift. The youngest of seven siblings, he had completed his shift and was on his way to play golf with his older brothers. En route, he got work that a plane hit the World Trade Center’s North Tower, so he returned to Squad 1 to get his gear.

After getting his gear, Siller drove toward the Trade Center, but could only get to the entrance of the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel.

The tunnel was closed for security reasons, so Siller strapped on his gear – about 60 pounds – and made his way on foot the rest of the way to the Twin Towers.

“They reach out and help Gold Star families and first responders all across the country,” Metzger said of the Foundation.

The tank-tops range in price from $20 to $25, depending on style and size. Sizes range from small to 5X in T-shirts and up to 2X in tank tops, with larger sizes costing more.

Shirts may be ordered at www.wkuzstore.com. Click on the 911 shirt link.

They also may be ordered at 260-563-4111 or by stopping at the radio station, 1864 S. Wabash St., Wabash.

“We all really don’t know how lucky we are until something bad happens,” Metzger said. “There’s nothing better than our heroes, because they’re amazing.”

Posted on 2021 Apr 20