The families of two New York City police officers slain last month will receive enough money to pay off their mortgages and make repairs on their homes.
A foundation created in honor of a firefighter killed in the September 11, 2001 tragedy has now raised $860,000, which will be donated to the families. An additional $150,000 has been pledged, according to a recent AP report.
According to the AP, "The widows of the men, along with other family members, attended the announcement, along with an audience made up primarily of police officers including members of the men's precinct. Other speakers included police and fire department officials, along with former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani."
The two officers, Detectives Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, were killed last month as they sat in their patrol car on a Brooklyn street.
Pei Xia Chen, the late Officer Liu's wife said, "We would like to extend our greatest gratitude and appreciation to everyone who gave their generous contribution. To all my extended blue family, be safe out there and appreciate life each day."
Officer Ramos' sister, Sindy, said she does not have "any words to express the gratitude that my sister-in-law and I have for the Tunnel to Towers Foundation. Nothing will ever bring my brother back, but just to know my sister-in-law and the boys can sleep just a little bit better amidst this tragedy."
The foundation's CEO says there were over 10,000 donations from all over the country as well as abroad.
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