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Mortgage of two fallen Illinois deputies paid in full by 9/11 organization

(WEEK) — The 9/11 organization who worked with a fallen Fulton County sheriff’s deputy’s family to pay off their mortgage said the payments have been completed.

The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Tower Foundation released Tuesday that Fulton County Sheriff’s Deputy Troy Chisum’s family’s mortgage was paid in full, a promise made by the foundation in July.

Chisum was killed in the line of duty while responding to a domestic violence call on June 25. He leaves behind his wife, Amanda Chisum, and three daughters, Kyleigh, Abigail, and Gracie.

“These two men lost their lives protecting their communities. It is an honor to be able to tell the wives of these heroes that they never have to make another mortgage payment, that they will never have to worry about losing their homes. This financial burden is off their shoulders forever. It’s even more meaningful that we can make this announcement in their home state of Illinois, at the Midwest BBQ for the Brave. We have proudly partnered with them for the last seven years, and have been overwhelmed by the support we have received from the people of the great state of Illinois,” said Tunnel to Towers Chairman and CEO Frank Siller.

When Amanda Chisum, learned of the foundation’s efforts to pay off the mortgage in July, she said, “Thank you, this means so much, I cannot tell you how grateful I am. I know Troy would be honored.”

The foundation also paid the mortgage off for the family of McHenry County Deputy Sheriff Jacob Keltner, who was attempting to serve a warrant and was killed in March.

The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Tower Foundation was created after Stephen died during the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. To date, the foundation says it has spent over $125 million to support first responders, veterans and their families.

Drew Veskauf

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