SAN FRANCISCO – The organization, which rose from the ashes of 9/11, continues to help first responders, including right here in the Bay Area. Tunnel to the towers had a huge impact on the family of Jason Cortez, a San Francisco firefighter who died last October.
The loss of San Francisco firefighter Jason Cortez still survives his wife and two young sons.
Cortez died in October 2020 when he fell in training… Now, Tunnel to Towers, a non-profit organization dedicated to the firefighter who gave his life in New York on September 11, aims to ease one burden on the Cortez family.
Anyone familiar with real estate in the Bay Area knows how expensive a home can be. Tunnel to Towers stepped forward and paid off the mortgage on the home that Cortez shared with his family.
“This is officially presented to you, a letter that says the home mortgage is fully satisfied,” said Andrew McClure of Tunnel to Towers.
He said that he is honored to offer peace of mind to a family that has sacrificed so much. “It is our duty for us to make sure that at least one burden is lifted from this family,” McClure said. “So we’re taking away pretty much the biggest of your monthly payments — your home mortgage.”
The loss is still painful for Patty Cortez, who says she is grateful to Tunnel to Towers for allowing her to focus on her family rather than finances. “It’s a relief that we can just focus on our healing,” Patti Cortez said. “And it’s so nice to know that there are people who continue to support us. Even people we don’t know. “
The death of Jason Cortez has also devastated his fellow firefighters, who continue to support the Cortez family and draw inspiration from the way Jason has lived his life. “It was really difficult to continue without you, but I will continue to try to do it as always,” said San Francisco firefighter Brian Sullivan. “With that wide, dull smile, that infectious laugh, and all this love.”
Tunnel to the Towers says that although its origins lie in 9/11, its mission has grown. The organization says that in the 20 years since its founding, it estimates it will provide $ 250 million in funding by the end of this year to provide 450 homes to families of rescuers and military personnel.
“His mission is very simple: ‘While we are here, let’s do good,’ McClure said. “And we do good for others, whether it’s the fallen first responders and their families, the disastrously injured military personnel, widows with Gold Star status, 9/11 illnesses … deaths; so if there is something bad in there, we are going to try to do the right thing with it. “
Tunnel to Towers says that in an ideal world they would have stopped operating and would not need their services. But they say they know the reality is that we do not live in this ideal world, so they say that they have promised to continue helping those in need.
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