On Sept. 11, Candlelight Estates neighbor Bianca Williams was driving with her children Savannah, Greyson and Caden in the car and saw something which made her stop and turn around. What she saw was striking and poignant: a firefighter dressed in full bunker gear in the 100-degree Houston heat, carrying an American flag and walking down the street.
Williams stopped her car and asked her children to thank the firefighter for his tribute, which she knew instantly was in honor of the fallen first responders on Sept. 11, 2001. The firefighter walking down the street was Collin Stuart.
Snapping a photo, Williams posted it to Facebook and the community quickly shared the inspirational photo of Stuart.
Stuart was carrying out a “Tunnels to Towers” tribute which came about when New York firefighter Stephen Siller, just off duty that Sept. 11 morning and headed to play golf with his brothers, heard the news of the attacks on the World Trade Center. He drove back to his station, Squad 1, grabbed his gear, called his wife to say he would catch up with his brothers later, and drove his truck to the entrance of the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel.
The tunnel was already closed for security purposes, so Siller began to hurry through the tunnel with 60 pounds of gear strapped to his back and raced on foot to the Twin Towers, where he eventually gave his life while saving others. Today, many first responders and Americans walk, run and climb flights of stairs as a “Tunnels to Towers” tribute to Siller and other first responder heroes. Learn more at https://tunnel2towers.org/stephens-story/.
Collin Stuart moved from Gulfport, Mississippi, to Houston in June to be closer to his brother and sister-in-law, Laith and Neely Stuart, and their little daughter, Joyce.
Already a firefighter and EMT in Gulfport, Collin is completing a stint at the Houston Fire Academy before becoming a Houston firefighter. Stuart said, “The walk was my own ‘Tunnels to Tower’ memorial, which is to honor the sacrifice of firefighter Stephen Siller. The walk is essentially a 5k walk and then finishing with 110 flights of stairs.”
After walking 4 miles in the heat with all his gear on, Stuart next went straight to his gym, Steel Mill, and ground out 110 flights of stairs on a Stairmaster which took about 40 minutes.
Excited to continue his career in Houston, be an involved uncle and be close to his family once again, Stuart said, “I’m just a simple firefighter who every year does a memorial in some way to remember and honor my fallen brothers and sisters who have passed in the line of duty.” Thank you, Collin, for making a difference and inspiring us.
Happy birthday wishes go out to Greg Cain of Oak Forest! Greg celebrated his special day on Sept. 9.
Sign Gypsies made it a special day! Wife Lucy said, “Greg is a great husband and father, especially in our blended family. He is wonderful with my sons Duncan and Zach.”
September is a Fisher-Cain family birthday month: Greg on the 9th, Lucy on the 20th, Duncan on the 25th and Ben on the 30th. The other kiddos in the family who are also certainly special (but don’t have September birthdays) are Will, Molly and Zach. Greg, your Oak Forest neighbors wish you many happy returns of the day!
Happy, happy birthday wishes go out to beautiful Joan Delaney of Shepherd Forest. Joan has just celebrated her 29th birthday for the third time and looks amazing! An active octogenarian, Joan is a true inspiration. She takes long walks, works in her yard, washes her car and is always on the go. Recently, she assisted Mattress Mac at Gallery Furniture serving food to those less fortunate and needing help during the COVID-19 crisis. Eating healthy, volunteerism, faith, an amazing work ethic – Joan is the real deal. A beloved neighbor by many in Shepherd Forest, she is much admired. Joan – I’m giving you an F! F for FANTASTIC!
Nestled in the heart of Oak Forest and Garden Oaks is the bright light of Spencer Law where our community’s own daughter Alison Spencer, attorney, mother, speaker and author, has written a book which via the excited chatter of neighbors promises to become a New York Times bestseller. Said to be a “daringly fun and insightful book … It’s a book of values and also red flags if you need a roadmap for mindful Dating Do’s & Don’ts, and she will keep you in stitches wondering, “Did that really happen to someone on a date?” A sneak peek at “Dating Rules by Divorce Lawyers” is available on Twitter, @SpencerTexasLaw. The BEST news is: Spencer’s book is available for pre-order right now and you can call to get your copy reserved. Congratulations, Alison!