To honor the memory of the military and civilians killed during the December 11, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, Tunnel to Towers has paid mortgages on the homes of five fallen first responders who also served their country.
One of the first responders honored by the foundation was Virginia State Police Trooper Chad Dermer, who was shot in the line of duty in 2016 while speaking to a suspicious person inside the Richmond Greyhound bus stop.
Dermer was also a US Marine Corps veteran, having served his country for four years.
Chad’s wife, Michelle Dermer, said: “It is hard to find words to describe how blessed our family feels when paying off our mortgage. What a wonderful way to honor Stephen Sealer’s family and continue his legacy, with the blessing of so many first responders and Gold Star families. We will be forever grateful For this life-changing gift.”
Other first responders honored were US Department of Justice First Inspector Jared Keeworth, Deputy Commandant of Montana Search and Rescue Tyler Weir, Police Sgt. James Chapman and Sergeant Joseph Decio.
The five mortgage payments were part of Tunnel to Towers’ Season of Hope, which provides mortgage-free homes or mortgage payments to families of fallen first responders, Gold Star families, and disaster veterans during the holiday season.
These selfless heroes answered the call to serve their country and society. I call them superheroes, the brave men and women who answered the call to keep us safe inside and out. “I am honored to support families who have sacrificed so much for the freedoms and safety we all enjoy,” said Frank Seiler, Chairman and CEO of the Tunnel to Towers Foundation.