DALLAS – Family members of slain Dallas police officers discovered Monday that a charity has raised the funds to pay off their mortgages — just in time for Christmas, reported TheBlazeNews.
The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, which was formed in honor of a fallen 9/11 firefighter, raised $610,000 to help the family members of five Dallas police officers who were killed in July, according to KDFW-TV.
The widows of officers Michael Smith and Brent Thompson met with representatives to finalize their mortgage paperwork.
Smith’s widow, Heidi, told those in attendance that she and her daughters “would just like to thank everyone that made this possible for us to stay in our home that Michael worked so hard to provide for us. … He worked many long hours away from myself and the girls, and we just want to thank everyone that was a part of it,” she said.
Thompson’s widow, Emily, offered her thanks as well. “This is amazing. Wonderful,” she said. “And I can’t say thank you enough and express my gratitude enough.”
The Tunnel to Towers Foundation’s chief operating officer, John Hodge, told KDFW that after the death of his cousin (Stephen Siller) during the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the charity was founded to care for the families of fallen soldiers and first responders. “We lost my cousin 15 years ago, and it could’ve just been yesterday,” Hodge said. “That’s why we feel so deeply for these families. Because at the end of the day, this pain is not going away anytime soon. We’re trying to relieve a small portion of the pain.”