Eric Talley, the first cop to arrive at the shooting scene at the Boulder grocery store last week, was the one last of the 10 victims of the gunman.
To honor his bravery, the non-profit organization is Tunnel to the Towers Foundation, founded to support the families of fallen first responders and service members, announced on Saturday that it would repay the mortgage on Talley’s house.
Talley, 51, is survived on his wife and seven children.
The church came together to grieve him
Hundreds of them flooded the streets In the days following Talley’s death, he watched a hearse transfer his body to an Aurora funeral home.
His patrol car parked in front of the police station was decorated with flowers, cards, and other tokens of sadness and gratitude.
Talley was the first Boulder officer killed on duty since 1994 and the sixth death on duty in the division’s history National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.
His bravery was known to his friends and colleagues long before his death.
“Didn’t surprise me that he was the first there,” said his father, Homer Talley CNN subsidiary KUSA.
Talley had been a member of the Boulder Police Department since 2010.
He was aware of the danger he was exposed to as a police officer. His father told KUSA he recently tried to become a drone operator because he thought it would be safer.
Police chief Maris Herold said at a press conference that Talley was “ready to die to protect others” and embodied “everything the police deserve and need”.
Within 30 seconds of arriving at the King Soopers store, Talley led a team of officers inside to engage the shooter, the Boulder Police Department wrote in one Tweet. Nobody was shot after Talley.
A first responder nonprofit responds to Talley’s death
The organization builds mortgage-free smart homes for catastrophically injured veterans and first responders, and pays the mortgages of first responders and military personnel who are killed on duty and leave young children behind.
The foundation also provides mortgage-free homes for surviving spouses with young children.
The nonprofit’s mission to honor fallen first responders spurred efforts to pay Talley’s mortgage.
“It’s so important because Eric gave his life and left a wife and seven children and he just storms in and at … the risk of saving people is just amazing,” said Frank Siller, Foundation CEO, Stephen Sillers Brothers “Fox & Friends” on Saturday.