Group pays off mortgages for families of first responders

A foundation that cares for first responders who died in the line of duty or illnesses caused by their work has paid off mortgages on three homes in South Carolina.

The Tunnel to Towers Foundation said it has paid off mortgages for the families of the North Myrtle Beach Public Safety Sergeant. Gordon William Best, who died in a wreck on January 1 and the Myrtle Beach home of the retired New York Police Detective. James Giery, who died of cancer in September 2016. He also bought a mortgage-free home for the family of Marion County MP Jonathan Price, who died in an accident on January 6.

Best was responding to a call for shots when he lost control of his car on a wet street and crashed into a utility pole, investigators said.

Taylor Best said the generosity of the Tunnel to Towers foundations means she won’t have to move her children out of the only home they’ve known.

“It’s so nice to know that the financial burden of our mortgage has been eased and that my kids and I can stay in the house where so many of their memories were made with their dad,” she said in a statement. press release published by the foundation.

Price was killed when his patrol car collided with another vehicle. The other driver is also deceased.

Price’s widow Elizabeth told the foundation she can confidently plan for the future of their three young children without a monthly household payment.

Giery died of service-related cancer following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. He was the fourth generation in his family to work for the New York Police Department and left behind his wife and three children, the foundation said.

“Providing financial security and a comfortable home for his family was very important to my husband. With the help of the Foundation, I have the impression that he continues to do so, even though he cannot be here in person, ”said Catrine Giery. the foundation.

The three homes in South Carolina are among 135 mortgages the Tunnel to Towers Foundation paid off in 2021. The goal is to reach 200 homes by the end of the year.

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