Newburyport, Mass. (WHDH) — The nonprofit Tunnel to Towers Foundation has paid the entire mortgage for the Newburyport Firefighter Brett Burkinshaw home.
Burkinshaw, who had served his community for nearly two decades, died July 1, after a 19-month battle with job-related brain cancer.
He began his career in firefighting at the age of 16 when he became a call-up firefighter for the West Newbury Fire Department.
Burkinshaw worked in the Essex County Sheriff’s Department during and after college.
He then went on to become a call-up firefighter for the Newburyport Fire Department in 2003 and then a full-time firefighter in 2010.
Burkinshaw was also a reserve officer for the Newburyport Police Department, as well as the Newburyport Fire Alarm Superintendent.
At a small party at the Burkinshaw home, attended by the Newburyport Fire Department, the Newburyport Police Department, along with Burkinshaw’s friends and family, Tunnel to Towers officials announced the final mortgage payment for the Burkinshaw home.
His wife, Cheryl Burkinshaw, said, “Home is where the heart is, and where we have so many happy memories with Brett.”
“Knowing that my daughter and I will have the security of our home forever mortgage-free is beyond words,” she continued. “Brett’s passion for life has been to help others and this is reflected in the true meaning of this institution.”
Tunnel to the Towers is dedicated to supporting first responders, veterans, and their families in communities across the United States.
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