Building for America's Bravest


John Martorana Presents Piece of World Trade Center Steel to House of Carpets, Carpet One Modesto


Modesto, CA (November 9, 2015)—On Monday, November 9th at 10:00 a.m. John Martorana, a representative from the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, an organization begun in memory of a fallen 9/11 firefighter, paid a special visit to Jeff Cowan and Bob Kerr with House of Carpets Carpet One Modesto, to personally thank them for their support of the Foundation’s Building for America's Bravest (BFAB) program. The BFAB program builds hi-tech “smart homes” for service members returning from war who have been catastrophically injured.

Carpet One Floor & Home, and its manufacturing partner Mohawk, have committed to providing flooring materials and installation for 46 of these “smart homes.” Each store is invited to share information about the program with others, and make a contribution. The goal is to ultimately enable the building of at least two more “smart homes.”.

In recognition of that support, John Martorana, a member of the FDNY (Fire Department of New York City)—acting on his own initiative, as ambassadors of the Tunnel to Towers Foundation— presented a specially-designed shadowbox containing hallowed 9/11 steel from Ground Zero to Jeff Cowan and Bob Kerr at 1120 McHenry Ave in Modesto, CA.

“We are truly humbled and honored that the Tunnel to Towers Foundation and members of the FDNY—who were actually at Ground Zero on 9/11 and during its aftermath—are travelling all the way from their home base to visit us and express their gratitude to us,” says Jeff Cowan with House of Carpets, Carpet One Modesto. “In fact, we are the ones who are thankful to them for their dedication and service. That is why we are so thrilled to be part of this impactful program that helps military heroes who have sustained the most devastating injuries.”

About House of Carpets, Carpet One Modesto

House of Carpets, Carpet One Modesto has offered an amazing selection of quality flooring paired with expert design knowledge. Locally owned and operated, they have thousands of satisfied customers. They are part of North America’s leading floor covering co-op. Their showroom is known for carrying a broad selection of beautiful carpet, wood, laminate, ceramic, vinyl, and area rugs including exclusive brands like Bigelow and Lees. They offer a unique customer experience with the exclusive SelectAFloor merchandising system that simplifies the shopping experience and The Beautiful Guarantee™, which guarantees that the customer will be 100% happy with their floor. House of Carpets, Carpet One Modesto is also the home of the exclusive Healthier Living Installation system. For more information visit

About the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation

The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, named in honor of FDNY 9/11 fallen Firefighter Stephen Siller, and best known for its annual Tunnel to Towers Run at Ground Zero in New York City, is committed to building specially-adapted “smart homes” for the most seriously wounded U.S. service personnel through its Building for America’s Bravest program. For more information, go to