Tunnel to Towers Foundation to Pay Off Fallen Knox County Deputy’s Mortgage

Knox County Sheriff’s Deputy Tucker Blakely was killed responding to a domestic violence call

KNOX COUNTY, TENNESSEE [October 6, 2023] — The Tunnel to Towers Foundation announced it will be paying off the mortgage on the home of fallen Knox County Sheriff’s Deputy Tucker Blakely.

Deputy Blakely died after being shot while responding to a domestic call on Sunday night. He left behind a wife and a five-year-old son.

Deputy Blakely dedicated his life to protecting his country and his community. He served in the Army before joining the Knox County Sheriff’s Office in Tennessee.

He continued to save lives even with his final act, donating his organs.

Tunnel to Towers Chairman & CEO Frank Siller spoke with Deputy Blakely’s wife, Katarina, to tell her that her mortgage would be paid in full.

“Deputy Blakely was a true superhero, who answered the call to serve at every opportunity in his life. He protected us at home and abroad. It was an honor to tell Katarina that the Tunnel to Towers Foundation will take care of her family, by ensuring they can stay in the home they shared with Tucker forever,” said Siller. 

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 forever homes to fallen first responder families nationwide by going to T2T.org and donating just $11 per month.

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.

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Trevor Tamsen — Trevor.Tamsen@t2t.org