Foundation pays off mortgage for family of Detroit police officer killed in 2016 hit-and-run

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DETROIT — The family of a fallen police officer in Detroit can rest a bit this holiday season after a national corporation paid off their mortgage.

Tunnel to Towers supports the families of first responders and military personnel who died in the line of duty. It announced late last week that the family of Officer Myron Anthony Jarrett would be among the latest beneficiaries.

Jarrett was killed in the line of duty on October 28, 2016, when he was fatally shocked by a driver who hit and fled while assisting other officers during a traffic stop.

Jarrett has served in the Detroit Police Department since November 21, 2008. His wife, Sasha, and their three children are survived.

The family of Kalamazoo County Deputy Mayor Ryan Brooksmayer, who was fatally shot during a police chase in Kalamazoo County on August 14, also had their mortgage paid off from the Two Towers tunnel.

The payments were made as part of the foundation’s third annual Season of Hope, which celebrates the holiday season by offering mortgage-free homes or mortgage payments to the families of American heroes who died in the line of duty.

Mortgage loans were also paid out to the families of Massachusetts State Soldier Thomas Clady and Newburyport and Massachusetts firefighter Brett Burkinshaw and Little Rock, chief of the Arkansas Fire Brigade.

In 2021, the Tunnel to Towers Foundation will pay out more than 60 mortgages to families with young children from our Nation’s Season of Hope heroes. In all, Tunnel to Towers will have paid off 200 mortgages before the end of 2021.

Tunnels to Towers was founded in honor of Stephen Celler, a New York City firefighter who died in response to the World Trade Center towers on September 11, 2001.

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