Eight Fallen California First Responders have Mortgages Paid In Full Kicking off Tunnel to Towers’ Season of Hope

The Third Annual Season of Hope Will Deliver 65 Mortgage-Free Homes Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve

Staten Island, NY – The Tunnel to Towers Foundation’s third annual Season of Hope began today by paying, in full, the mortgages on the homes of eight fallen California First Responders.

The Tunnel to Towers Foundation has ensured these families, who are facing the holiday season without their loved one, will always have a place to call home.

Tunnel to Towers paid off the mortgages on the homes of:

  • Los Angeles Deputy Sheriff Thomas Albanese
  • Los Angeles County Firefighter Specialist Tory Carlon
  • Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Sergeant Harry Cohen
  • San Diego Police Officer David Sisto
  • Pomona Police Officer Greggory Casillas
  • San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Dominic Vaca
  • Kern County Deputy Sheriff Phillip Campas
  • Sacramento County Deputy Sheriff Adam Gibson

Tunnel to Towers Season of Hope celebrates the holidays by delivering the financial security of a mortgage-free home to fallen first responder families around the country.

This year Tunnel to Towers will be delivering 65 mortgage-payoffs between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve.

Lisa Cohen, wife of fallen Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Sergeant Harry Cohen, said Tunnel to Towers support will allow her to stay in the community that has supported her family.

To know that the home that I shared with my amazing husband, a home we planned to retire in, a home that I feel safest in, is going to be mine without any financial worries means the world to me. That I will get to stay in this home, gives me and my daughter the most security, forever,” said Lisa Cohen.

Los Angeles County Firefighter Specialist Tory Carlon lost his life in the line of duty in June. When told her mortgage had been paid in full, his wife Heidi was at a loss for words.

The emotion is so overwhelming and all that I can think of is how this would make my husband feel…knowing that this Foundation is taking care of usa thank you doesn’t even seem to come close to expressing our gratitude,” said Heidi Carlon.

Sgt. Dominic Vaca, a 17-year veteran of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, was killed in the line of duty on Memorial Day.

“Words can’t express how much this means to me and my girls. I’m honestly speechless and in shock that we’re being blessed to this degree,” said his wife Valerie Vaca.

In January, Sacramento Sheriff’s Deputy Adam Gibson was shot and killed in the line of duty.  Tunnel to Towers immediately took on the mortgage on his family’s home. This month the Foundation was honored to announce that the mortgage has been paid in full.

“The feeling of my house being paid off is such a relief…My husband and I built this house so to be able to raise our daughter in it is such a blessing. It gives us so much to be thankful for this year, even if it is the worst year of our lives,” said Rachel Gibson.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Tunnel to Towers Foundation. The third annual Season of Hope is the culmination of the Foundation’s anniversary events.

So far this year Tunnel to Towers has delivered 135 mortgage-free homes across the country.

The 65 homes in Season of Hope will bring the total to 200 homes for the year, and 450 homes in the Foundation’s two-decade history.

“This year we saw the country come together to support the Tunnel to Towers Foundation and its mission. We saw people from all walks of life join us on this quest to support our nation’s first responders and military families, those heroes – who are willing to lay down their lives for you or me – every single day,” said Tunnel to Towers Chairman and CEO  Frank Siller.

For more information on Tunnel to Towers’ mission to support America’s veterans, fallen first responders and Gold Star families, visit T2T.org and consider donating just $11 per month.

About the Tunnel to Towers Foundation

The Tunnel to Towers Foundation is dedicated to honoring the sacrifice of FDNY Firefighter Stephen Siller, who laid down his life to save others on September 11, 2001. For 20 years the Foundation has supported our nation’s first responders, veterans, and their families by providing these heroes and the families they leave behind with mortgage-free homes. For more about the Tunnel to Towers Foundation and its commitment to DO GOOD, please visit T2T.org.

Follow Tunnel to Towers on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at @Tunnel2Towers.

6 Comments. Leave new

  • First, I am SO proud to be an American! I watched the Twin Towers come down, and realized for the first time in my life how precious my countrymen/women are to me, and how quickly acts of aggression can snuff out lives. There ARE so many worthy charities, but T2T has an A+ rating, which caught my interest the most. I never get mail from T2T, but I can see that the work to restore and rebuild the fabric of American patriotism and love of fellow man is being carried on, with T2T. Happy to contribute; will continue to do so. Happy Thanksgiving–God Bless the United States of America!

  • I have continued to see the commercials and have looked into this foundation. I am proud and honored to donate to Tunnel to Towers and will continue to support your foundation. I have 4 children, 1 daughter, nurse, 1 daughter, Army, 1 son, Navy, and a daughter and Son-In-Law, deputies. I hope they never need you, but I am proud of them and your foundation “God Bless” this foundation.

  • Dorothy Riebli
    December 8, 2021 11:15 pm

    I am very happy to know that my monthly donation is helping our American hero’s families. My dear brother gave his life in WWII and this is the way I can honor him best.

  • Beverly Andrews
    December 10, 2021 5:50 pm

    I was in law enforcement for 20 years and know first hand the sacrifices of first responders. I love that this organization pays off the mortgages for the families of fallen first responders.

  • Tom Zeltwanger
    December 17, 2021 8:42 pm

    What you are doing is amazing and we will continue to help as much as we can. Thanks for what your do. God Bless and Merry Christmas

  • Dwight johnson
    July 8, 2022 3:58 pm

    We lost the rock of our family Jon Flagler L A firefighter that lost his life on 1/6/ 22 in a fire in LA county, tunnels for towers was there on day one , they paid off my daughters mortgage within days , this gave my daughter one less thing to worry about in her time of losing the love of her life ,my whole family is still trying to recover from loss of Jon , thank you and god bless you with your great generous gift , we can now concentrate on Jon and Jenny’s two boys education , we are contributors to this great organization and because we believe that without our first responders there would be chaos in this country, they are willing to give there lives for you as our Jon did , again thank you for taking care of these great hero’s


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