TAMPA, Florida. – The nonprofit fund paid off mortgages for two people’s homes. Tampa bay Oblast law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty earlier this year.
On February 17, Mugley attempted to use locking sticks to stop the suspect, who was leading the authorities in a swift pursuit. But when Mali moved the locking sticks onto the road, the suspect’s car spun out of control, rolled over and hit the deputy sheriff and his cruiser hard, pinning Mugley under the car.
The 30-year-old deputy is survived by his wife Stephanie and two daughters.
The Malia family with Sheriff Pinellas Bob Gualtieri (courtesy of the Tunnels to the Towers Foundation)
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“The realization that my house has been paid for is a huge burden for me. Knowing that our two young children will always have a roof over their heads, and that they can grow in this house, as we have always dreamed, leaves me speechless, ”Stephanie Mugley said in a statement. “I am very grateful or flattered that Tunnel to Towers gave our family, my children, the opportunity to stay in the home that Michael and I created together.”
Madsen was killed in the early morning of March 9 on I-275 when police said he deliberately drove into the road of a stray drunk driver in order to save the lives of others on the road. The 45-year-old officer left behind three children and his wife Danielle Madsen, who is also a police officer.
“After I heard the news about my husband, everything was turned upside down and surreal. In the days that followed, one of my worries was that I had to move out of the house that our family made our home, ”said Danielle Madsen in a statement provided by the non-profit organization. “How do I get back to my job as a police officer to pay off my mortgage when my kids beg me not to return for fear of losing my other parent?”
Daniel Madsen with Tampa Police (courtesy of the Tunnels to Towers Foundation)
She continued, “My husband was not only the love of my life, but also our protector, our sense of security and protection, and it all disappeared in the blink of an eye. I felt scared and completely alone, even when people flooded our home with support. … The Foundation has restored a huge part of my sense of security, and I will never be able to thank you. ”
The Tunnels to Towers Disaster Relief Program pays out mortgage loans to families of law enforcement officers and firefighters who die in the line of duty with young children.
“We cannot replace the loss of a husband and father, but we can make sure these families can stay where they called their home,” Chairman and CEO Frank Siller told Tunnel to Towers.
For more information on the Tunnels to Towers Foundation, visit their website…