An organization called the Tunnels to Towers Foundation paid off the mortgage on the family home of Sergeant Craig Johnson.
This was done through the foundation's Fallen First Responder Home Program. Sergeant Johnson died after being shot multiple times during a traffic stop in Tulsa in June 2020.
Johnson, who was with the Tulsa Police Department for 15-years, succumbed to his injuries the next day. He is survived by his wife, Kristi and two sons.
"We are very appreciative for the aid given by Tunnel to Towers. This helps me to focus more of my time and energy on our family healing and navigating our loss. Community outreach and assistance from Tunnel to Towers also reminds us of the good that is in the world,” Kristi said in the statement.
The mortgage payoff is part of the foundation's second annual Season of Hope.
During this time the foundation's goal is to pay of thirty-six mortgages between Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve.
The foundation started the Fallen First Responder Home Program in 2015, and it pays off the mortgages for the families of first responders killed in the line of duty. By helping the families pay off the mortgage, they hope to give them stability and security after a tragic and life changing event.
The Tunnel to Towers Chairman and CEO Frank Siller said, "Every day, first responders like Sergeant Johnson get dressed and go to work, knowing that at any moment they might run into danger, and that they might not come home. They do this to protect everyday people like you and me. We need to take care of the families these heroes like Sergeant Johnson leave behind. I’m honored that Tunnel to Towers can help Kristi and her sons, and bring them some peace of mind ahead of the holidays.”
More information about the Tunnel to Towers foundation can be found here.
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