CHICAGO (CBS)– A foundation that helps loved ones of fallen first-responders is reaching out to five Illinois families this holiday season.
Tunnel To Towers is paying in full, the mortgages of three Chicago Police Department officers and two state troopers.READ MORE: MISSING: Kyrin Carter, 12, Has Autism, Last Seen At Best Western In Hammond, Indiana
Officer Samuel Jimenez died trying to stop a shooter at Mercy Hospital in 2018. Officers Eduardo Marmolejo and Conrad Gary were hit by a train while pursuing a suspect in 2019.READ MORE: With Police Backup, Daughter Of Fallen Chicago Police Officer Graduates High School
Also last year, trooper Gerald Ellis was killed in the line of duty when he was hit by a wrong-way driver. Trooper Christopher Lambert was securing a crash scene when a driver hit and killed him.”MORE NEWS: Two Chicago Police Officers Shot On South Lawndale Released From Hospital
A Tunnel To Towers spokesman says the men were more than members of law enforcement. They were husbands and fathers and their families should always have a place to celebrate the holidays together.