Tunnel to Towers Wraps up Season of Hope by Paying Off Mortgage
on Home of Slain U.S. Marshal
Tunnel to Towers Delivers 200 Homes to Celebrate its 20th Anniversary
This New Year’s Eve the Tunnel to Towers Foundation is honored to announce it has paid, in full, the mortgage on the home of Deputy U.S. Marshal Josie Wells.
(Deputy U.S. Marshal Josie Wells)
This is the 65th and final home in the 2021 Tunnel to Towers Season of Hope, and the 200th mortgage-free home the Foundation has delivered this year.
This final mortgage payoff fulfills the promise made a year ago by Tunnel to Towers CEO and Chairman Frank Siller to provide 200 homes to American heroes in honor of the 20th anniversary of the September 11th attacks.
Six years ago, Deputy U.S. Marshal Wells was shot and killed on March 10, 2015, while trying to arrest a convicted felon wanted for a double homicide.
The 27-year-old had served with the United States Marshals Service for four years and was assigned to the Southern District Office in Mississippi.
He left behind his wife Channing, who was pregnant with their son.
(Deputy Wells and his wife Channing Wells)
(Josie and Channing’s son)
Channing called the Foundation’s support the greatest gift ever, a gift that made her birthday and the holiday so much brighter.
“I honestly feel so blessed, especially during this holiday season when loved ones grieve during the loss of family members. Christmas is going to feel a lot different this year knowing that my forever home has become my forever home,” said Channing Wells.
Deputy Marshal Wells comes from a proud family with a history in law enforcement. His father, Obie Wells Sr. is a retired Jackson County Sheriff Deputy, and his brother, Obie Wells Jr. is a Police Officer with the Jackson Police Department in Mississippi.
“I am honored to pay off the mortgage for the Wells family so they can celebrate the start of 2022 without this financial burden,” said Frank Siller, Chairman and CEO of the Tunnel to Towers Foundation.
Tunnel to Towers Foundation Delivers Mortgage-Free Home
to Fallen Louisiana Officer’s Family
Mortgage-free home is part of Tunnel to Towers’ third annual Season of Hope
The Tunnel to Towers Foundation announced that it has delivered a mortgage-free home to the family of fallen Slidell Police Officer Jason Michael Seals.
(Slidell Police Officer Jason Michael Seals)
Officer Seals, 35, passed away on November 17, 2018 after succumbing to injuries sustained in a motorcycle crash on September 25, 2018. Officer Seals was escorting a funeral procession when he was struck by a passing vehicle.
He had served with the Slidell Police Department for 10 years.
Throughout his time with the Slidell Police Department, Officer Seals served in both the Patrol and Traffic Divisions, on the Fatality and SWAT Teams, as a Field Training Officer, a member of the Honor Guard, and the Assistant Vice President of the Slidell Police Benevolent Association.
Officer Seals left behind his wife, Katelyn, and his three children.