Family home of San Diego police officer David Sisto has paid off

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) — A New York-based foundation announced Wednesday that it has paid off the mortgages of eight California first responders, including San Diego police officer David Sisto.

According to the Tunnel to Towers Foundation, paying off the mortgages means first responders’ families, “who head into the holiday season without their loved one, always have a place to call home.”

The eight California families are among 65 who will pay off their homes between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve, the foundation said.

Sisto died after a medical emergency on duty in February.

Among the other California families that benefited were Thomas Albanese, the Los Angeles County Sheriff, who died in February when his motorcycle was hit in Lakewood while attempting a traffic stop; County Firefighter Tory Carlon, who was fatally shot by a colleague over a workplace conflict at a fire station in Agua Dulce; and Pomona police officer Greggory Casillas, who was fatally shot in 2018.

Carlon’s wife, Heidi, said in a statement from the foundation: “The emotion is so overwhelming and all I can think of is how this would make my husband feel…knowing that this foundation is taking care of us. A thank you doesn’t even seem like come close to expressing our gratitude.”

Also, the family of Riverside County Sheriff’s Sgt. Harry Cohen, who died of an apparent heart attack last year while training with the agency’s canine division.

Cohen’s wife, Lisa, said in a statement. “Being allowed to stay in this house gives me and my daughter the most security, forever.”

The Tunnel to Towers Foundation was established in honor of New York firefighter Stephen Siller, who died in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The foundation supports first responders, veterans and their families.

The foundation has already paid off 135 mortgages this year, with the additional 65 during the holiday season bringing the year’s total to 200 and the foundation’s 20-year total to 450.

“This year saw the nation come together to support the Tunnel to Towers Foundation and its mission,” Foundation Chairman/CEO Frank Siller said in a statement. “We saw people from all walks of life join us in this quest to support our nation’s first responders and military families, those heroes – who are willing to give their lives for you or me – every day.”

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