Tunnel to Towers Foundation to Pay Off Mortgage For Slain Onondaga Sheriff’s Deputy 

Deputy Michael Hoosock was killed in the line of duty on Sunday

NEW YORK [April 18, 2024] – The Tunnel to Towers Foundation announced its plans to pay off the mortgage on the home of fallen Onondaga Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Hoosock

Hoosock and Syracuse Police Officer Michael Jensen were killed by a suspect who opened fire on first responders with a military-style assault weapon. The shooter was killed by police. 

Deputy Hoosock was a highly decorated 16-year veteran of the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office. He was an EMT and a volunteer firefighter who served as the Battalion Chief of the Moyers Corners Fire Department.

Hoosock, 37, leaves behind his wife and three young children, ages 3, 5 and 7.

“Deputy Hoosock lived a life of service. For nearly twenty years, he served as a paramedic, volunteer firefighter and a sheriff’s deputy, answering calls for help impacting countless lives. Now, as his family, friends, and fellow first responders try to grapple with this tremendous loss, Tunnel to Towers is honored to ensure his family will be able to stay in the home and the community Michael served with pride for his entire life,” said Tunnel to Towers Chairman and CEO Frank Siller. 

The Tunnel to Towers Fallen First Responder Home Program pays off the mortgage or provides a mortgage-free home 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.

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