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Press Conference for the Dallas PD
December 19, 2016 @ 11:00 am
On Monday, December 19, 2016, the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation will be in Dallas to announce that it has paid off the mortgages held on the homes of Dallas Area Rapid Transit Officer Brent Thompson and Dallas Police Department Sergeant Michael Smith. Both were killed in the line of duty on July 7. Emily Thompson and Heidi Smith, the widows of the officers, will be on hand at the ceremony, which will be held at the Dallas Police Association at 11:00 am CST.
See below for a copy of our press release:
9/11 ORGANIZATION KEEPS PROMISE IT MADE TO FAMILIES OF SLAIN DALLAS OFFICERS, ON MONDAY, DEC. 19TH AT 11 A.M., AT THE DALLAS POLICE ASSOCIATION OFFICE, THE STEPHEN SILLER TUNNEL TO TOWERS FOUNDATION WILL PRESENT DOCUMENTS TO WIDOWS SIGNIFYING MORTGAGES ON HOMES HAVE BEEN PAID OFF
Following the brutal assassinations of five Dallas officers in July, the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, established in honor of a fallen 9/11 firefighter, vowed to raise money to help take care of the needs–especially the housing needs–of the officers’ widows and affected families.
Representatives of Tunnel to Towers, accompanied by the widows of two slain NYC officers–NYPD Detectives Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos–journeyed to Dallas to offer their condolences and support.
Now, as a result of the Tunnel to Towers’ fundraising initiative, the organization is once again journeying to the Dallas Police Association Office to officially present the legal documents that signify the mortgages on the homes of Michael Smith and Brent Thompson have been paid off by Tunnel to Towers.
In addition, Tunnel to Towers is continuing to work with the family of Police Officer Patrick Zamarripa, and the families of officers Lorne Aherns and Michael Krol each have received $100,000 from Tunnel to Towers because there were no housing needs in either instance.
John Hodge, COO of the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation
Heidi Smith, widow of Police Officer Michael Smith
Emily Thompson, widow of Police Officer Brent Thompson
Kristy Zamarripa , widow of Police Officer Patrick Zamarripa
Representatives of the Dallas Police Association
The mission of the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, established in memory of a fallen 9/11 firefighter, is to honor and support the military and first responders. In keeping with that mission, Tunnel to Towers began a fundraising initiative in July following the deaths of the five Dallas police officers. Donations from every state, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Japan and Germany, and from performer Naomi Judd and NY Jet’s player Nick Mangold poured in. Now, Tunnel to Towers is coming to Dallas to present the results of its fundraising effort.
Monday, Dec. 19th at 11 a.m. CST
The Dallas Police Association Office, 1412 Griffin St. E, Dallas, TX 75215
CONTACT: Catherine Christman, Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, firstname.lastname@example.org, (803) 240-5863