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The Tunnel to Towers Foundation recently issued the following press release on its payment in full of the home mortgages of 50 fallen first responders and Gold Star families, including two in Colorado:
The Tunnel to Towers Foundation is honored to announce it has paid, in-full, the mortgages on the homes of 50 fallen first responder and Gold Star families, including two families in Colorado – the family of US Marine Corps SSGT Andrew Carl Seif from Castle Rock and the family U.S. Air Force Major David Lawrence Brodeur from Colorado Springs.
US Marine Corps SSGT Andrew Carl Seif was one of 11 service members killed on March 10, 2015, when their helicopter crashed during a training mission near Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. The 27-year-old staff sergeant was awarded a Silver Star just four days before the accident, an honor he received for his actions in Afghanistan in 2012. Seif, a Castle Rock, Colo., native is survived by his wife, Dawn, and his son, Michael Andrew.
U.S. Air Force Major David Lawrence Brodeur died in the line of duty on April 27, 2011, when he and seven other American service members were gunned down by an Afghan military officer while they attended a meeting on the military side of Kabul International Airport. Brodeur was an F-16 pilot who had been in Afghanistan for three months, having been stationed out of Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage, Alaska. The Colorado Springs, Colo., native is survived by his wife, Susan, and their two children, Elizabeth and David.
Today’s announcement is the largest one-day mortgage payoff in Tunnel to Towers history, and was made possible by the outpouring of support the foundation received as America observed the 20th anniversary of the September 11th attacks. All across the country, Americans showed their compassion for our nation’s heroes and support for The Tunnel to Towers Foundation through the organization’s Never Forget programs (Never Forget Walk, Never Forget Concert, NYC 5K Run and Walk).
Because of that, these 50 families will never have to make another mortgage payment again.
“This year, Americans came together to remember the incredible loss of life that occurred 20 years ago when evil struck at the heart of our great nation. The Tunnel to Towers Foundation promised to NEVER FORGET what happened on that day and so many people across the country have joined us on our mission of doing good by giving back to our heroes, both living and fallen. Thanks to the generosity of this great nation, the Brodeur family, the Seif family, and 48 additional families will never have to worry about making another mortgage payment, and will always have a place to call home.” said Tunnel to Towers CEO and Chairman Frank Siller.
The 50 homes are in 18 different states, stretching from coast to coast and will help the families of fallen Police Officers, Firefighters, Deputies, and service members of nearly every branch of military service.
20 Police Officers
Including 15 who responded to Ground Zero and lost their lives to 9/11 illness
Including 5 who responded to Ground Zero and lost their lives to 9/11 illness
1 Sheriff’s Deputy
1 State Trooper
1 Conservation Officer
6 U.S. Army
3 U.S. Navy
3 U.S. Marine Corps
3 U.S. Air Force
To learn more about these heroes and see a full list of the families receiving mortgage payoffs go to T2T.org.
On September 11, 2001, FDNY firefighter Stephen Siller laid down his life to save others when America was attacked. For 20 years, the Tunnel to Towers Foundation has honored Stephen’s legacy by supporting the heroes who continue to risk life and limb in the line of duty.
The Tunnel to Towers Foundation provides mortgage-free smart homes to our nation’s catastrophically injured veterans and first responders, and mortgage-free homes or mortgage payoffs to Gold Star and fallen first responder families with young children.
This year the Tunnel to Towers Foundation promised to deliver 200 homes this year in honor of its 20th anniversary. By the end of the year, Tunnel to Towers will have delivered 450 homes across its programs.
For more information on Tunnel to Towers’ mission to support America’s veterans, fallen first responders and Gold Star families, please go to T2T.org and consider donating just $11 per month.