Chief Hal “Matt” Hanenkrath died in the line of duty on June 27
The Tunnel to Towers Foundation is honored to announce it will be paying off the mortgage on the home of fallen South Richland Fire Chief Hal “Matt” Hanenkrath.
On Tuesday, June 27, 2023, Chief Hanenkrath was at the scene of a fire when he started experiencing shortness of breath and chest pains. He was rushed to the hospital where he passed away from a pulmonary embolism.
Chief Hanenkrath served his community in several roles, as Fire Chief for South Richland Volunteer Fire Department, Assistant Chief for Highland Township Volunteer Fire Department, and Director for the Defiance County 911 Communications Center.
Matt is survived by his loving wife Ashley and his three children.
The Tunnel to Towers Foundations Fallen First Responder Home Program pays off the mortgages for the families of law enforcement officers and firefighters who are killed in the line of duty, pass away from 9/11-related illnesses, and leave behind young children.
“I make this promise to all of those heroes who put on a uniform and risk their lives every day to keep our communities safe. If tragedy should strike and you don’t make it home, the Tunnel to Towers Foundation will provide your family a mortgage-free home,” said Frank Siller, Chairman & CEO of the Tunnel to Towers Foundation.
The Tunnel to Towers Fallen First Responder Home Program pays off the mortgages for the families of law enforcement officers and firefighters who are killed in the line of duty, pass away from 9/11-related illnesses, and leave behind young children.
Join us on our mission to provide mortgage-free homes to Fallen First Responder Families by donating $11 per month at T2T.org.
About the Tunnel to Towers Foundation
Born from the tragedy of 9/11, the Tunnel to Towers Foundation carries out its mission to “do good,” by providing mortgage-free homes to Gold Star and fallen first responder families with young children and by building specially-adapted smart homes for catastrophically injured veterans and first responders. Tunnel to Towers is also committed to eradicating veteran homelessness and helping America to Never Forget September 11, 2001. Visit T2T.org to learn more.