Group pays off mortgages for first responder families

An organization caring for first responders who die in the line of duty or from illnesses caused by their jobs has paid off mortgages on three homes in South Carolina.

Tunnel to Towers said it has paid off mortgages to families of North Myrtle Beach Public Safety Sgt. Gordon William Best, who died in a wreck on January 1 and the retired New York City Police Department’s Myrtle Beach home. James Geary, who died of cancer in September 2016. She also bought a mortgage-free home for the family of Marion County Representative Jonathan Price, who died in a crash on January 6.

Investigators said it was best to respond to a call made when he lost control of his cruiser on a damp street and crashed into a service pole.

Taylor Best said Tunnel to Towers’ generosity meant she wouldn’t have to move her kids out of the only home they knew.

“It is a very nice feeling to know that the financial burden of our mortgage has been eased and that my children can stay at home where he made so many memories with their father,” she said in a statement released by the foundation.

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

Elizabeth, Price’s widow, told the foundation she could confidently plan for the future of her three young children without paying a monthly house fee.

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

Catherine Gehry said, “Providing his family with financial security and a comfortable home was very important to my husband. With the help of the Foundation, it seemed as if he continued to do so, even when he could not be here in person.” the foundation.

The three South Carolina homes are part of 135 mortgages Tunnel to Towers repaid in 2021. The goal is to have 200 homes by the end of the year.


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