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The “Tunnels To Tower” Foundation announced last Thursday they paid off the mortgage for the family of fallen police officer Sergeant Dustin Demonte, who was slain in the line of duty.

“We are proud to have fully paid the remaining mortgage for Sergeant Demonte, so that his family can continue to live in the home they shared. Our thoughts and prayers are with all the family and friends of all three officers and we wish Officer Iurato a speedy recovery,” Tunnels to Tower posted on their Facebook page.

This is great news. Our men and women in blue deserve the highest respect, and when they die in the service of others, they are worthy of a double honor. Our freedoms are dependent on their sacrifices, and the peace of all Americans rests on their efforts.

For context, Tunnels to Tower is a charitable organization that exists to honor “the sacrifices of those that protect us by providing mortgage-free homes to fallen first responder and military families.” The group was started to honor the memory of fallen New York Firefighter Stephen Siller, who died responding to the attack on the World Trade Center.

As the Officer Down Memorial Page notes, Demonte and his fellow officer Sergeant Alex Hamzy were tragically gunned down in Bristol, Connecticut in October of this year. Demonte had a wife, two children, and one on the way. Demonte served on the force for ten years.
Tunnels To Tower adds, “His dedication to his career in law enforcement is evidenced by his many accomplishments and accolades. Demonte was awarded the Silver Star, Officer of the Month Award, and was the co-recipient of the Officer of the Year award in 2019.”
Sergeant Demonte’s wife Laura Demonte expressed her gratitude to the foundation, saying “Tunnel to Towers is more than a foundation that pays your mortgage. They truly care, are there for support, and can relate to the struggles and hardships of losing a loved one.”

This is a heartwarming story of charity and benevolence. All the same. we continue to hope and pray Officer Demonte’s family receives due consolation for their unimaginable loss.