The Texas Hero Golf Classic tournament will be played Oct. 21 in Bentwater and will honor Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy Sandeep Dhaliwal, who was murdered Sept. 27 while responding to a traffic stop.
The proceeds from the tournament will go to the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation.
“It was established after Sept. 11, 2001, in honor of Stephen Siller, who was a fireman in a Brooklyn firehouse,” Golf Tournament Director John Coleman said. “He had gone off-shift, and was going to play golf with his brothers, when the Towers were hit. He was across the river and the tunnel was shut down to vehicle traffic, so he put on his 60 pounds of gear, ran for the tunnel, ran into the Towers and died in the Towers.”
Coleman said since that time, Stephen’s brother, Frank Siller, started the foundation, and the golf tournament is just one of many events that has been held over the years.
This year’s tournament will honor fallen Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy Sandeep Dhaliwal.
“That is something that also the Foundation, when that happened, they immediately established a fund on their website for him,” Coleman said. “It’s in honor of him, but it is a general fundraiser for the other programs, the main programs of the Foundation, which are the Fallen First Responders. That (program) pays off the mortgages of fallen first responders.”
Coleman says other programs are the Gold Star Family Program, which pays off the mortgages of fallen service men and women who died while in service. There is also the Smart Home program, which builds mortgage free smart homes for the most catastrophically injured service men and women.
“We hope to raise over $10,000. This is the first tournament in this part of Texas; it’s actually only the second one in Texas. It’s maybe two-fold, one to obviously raise money for the various programs of the Foundation, but also to get the word out about the Foundation,” Coleman said. “I was somewhat surprised that many of the first responders in the community were not aware of the Foundation, even though over the years, they have done a great deal nationally as well as in Texas.”
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