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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

CBS 2 Chicago Staff