NEWMAN (CBS13) — A charity that supports the families of fallen first responders will pay off the home of Newman Police Corporal, Ronil Singh. The Tunnel To Towers Foundation is delivering a heartfelt and generous gift of $350,000 to relieve some of the uncertainty Singh’s family is facing.
Frank Siller is the CEO of the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, named after his brother, a firefighter who died in the 9/11 attacks. The organization pays off the mortgages for the families left behind when a first responder is killed under extraordinary circumstances in the line of duty.
“I think most Americans were moved by it, moved by this story and we gave a platform for Americans to step and do something positive,” Siller said.
Singh was gunned down on Dec. 26 during a traffic stop. The primary suspect in the case, 32-year-old Gustavo Arriaga, has been charged with Singh’s murder.
“It just broke our hearts,” Siller said. “We knew once again that we had a call to action and we wanted to alleviate this family — this burden of a mortgage.”
In addition to paying off the family’s home, the foundation also raised $50,000 in education money for Singh’s 5-month-old son.
“We must come together as great Americans … and make sure that they know their families are going to be taken care of. I think that that should be our promise to their families,” Siller said.
Siller says Corporal Singh’s widow was deeply moved by the gifts which have added a sense of security and stability.
The foundation also builds homes for catastrophically injured service members and gold star families.
More information about the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation can be found on their website.