At the 2023 FOX Nation Patriot Awards, five police officers from the Metro Nashville Police Department were recognised for their efforts to save other people following a school shooting and immortalised in a picture by American painter Steve Penley.
The inaugural T2T Stephen Siller Award was given to Det. Michael Collazo, Officer Rex Engelbert, Det. Sgt. Jeff Mathes, Det. Ryan Cagle, and Det. Zachary Plese in recognition of their valiant response to the Nashville school massacre earlier this year.
Frank Siller presented the award, which is named in memory of firefighter Stephen Siller, who lost his life in the 9/11 terrorist attacks, alongside co-hosts of “FOX & Friends” Steve Doocy, Ainsley Earhardt, Brian Kilmeade, and Lawrence Jones.
Frank presented the honour to the Nashville police with the assistance of his nephew, Stephen Siller, Jr. Twenty-two years ago, while Stephen was still a baby, his father raced to the Twin Towers site.
“Tonight we are here not to dwell on tragedy, but to honour the men and women who turned towards danger to safeguard others, embodying the spirit of my father, Stephen, and the soul of the Tunnel to Towers Foundation,” said Stephen Siller, Jr.