(CBS4) — A charitable basis has paid off the mortgages of two Colorado households following the line-of-duty deaths of Ken Jones, a Summit County firefighter, and Fort Carson-based Military Sgt. First Class Stephen Cribben.
Jones died a year ago when he fell from the roof of a five-story condominium at Copper Mountain throughout a hearth incident.
The Stephen Stiller Tunnels To Towers Basis, named after a Metropolis of New York firefighter who perished within the 9/11 assaults, announced four days after Jones’s passing that the group would assume mortgage funds for Jones’s widow, Keri, and their two kids.
Jones, 46, was a 20-year veteran with the Summit County Fireplace Division. His is the division’s first line-of-duty demise.
“To say the least, we’re devastated,” Travis Davis, Deputy Chief of Operations with the Summit Fireplace and EMS, mentioned shortly after the accident final yr. “That is new territory for us.”
Monday, the muse pronounced the mortgage had been paid off.
“I’m overjoyed and it’s nonetheless, truthfully, unbelievable,” mentioned Keri. “I’m grateful for all of the beneficiant and good individuals on the planet.”
Sgt. Cribben was killed on Nov. 4, 2017, after coming below hostile hearth in Afghanistan throughout Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. He was a inexperienced beret with the tenth Particular Forces Group from Fort Carson. He was 9 weeks into his fourth tour on the time, having already deployed with the 716th MP Battalion in Egypt (2005), Afghanistan (2006), and Iraq (2007).
The 33-year-old left behind his spouse Shelly and two kids, Connor and Wyatt.
When instructed that her mortgage was paid in full, Shelly Cribben promised to pay the kindness ahead.
“This reward shall be handed on as we see others in want, and we’re in a position to make a distinction of their lives as nicely,” she mentioned. “We’ll honor this reward and deal with it nicely.”
The Tunnels To Towers Foundation goals to offer 250 houses to catastrophically injured veterans, Gold Star households, and fallen first responder households throughout the nation by the tip of the yr.
“Whereas nothing will exchange the lack of a husband and father, we hope lifting this monetary burden will assist make the vacation’s slightly brighter,” mentioned Frank Siller, Chairman, and CEO of the muse.