September 19, 2021

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HANNOVER, Virginia (AP) – A charitable trust has paid off a mortgage on a Virginia home owned by the family of a late state trooper who was fatally injured while on duty in 2015.

The Tunnel to Towers Foundation announced Friday that it had settled the mortgage on the Hanover County house where Nathan-Michael Smith of the Virginia State Police lived with his family, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported.

Smith, 27, left two children after being fatally injured in a car accident in 2015.

“It’s breathtaking to be able to say that as a single parent I don’t have to bear the burden of a monthly mortgage,” Smith’s widow Jennifer said in a statement.

Smith tried to respond to the crash after hearing radio traffic that led him to believe that there was a soldier in distress in addition to the victim, state police said at the time. He lost control of his vehicle, which overturned and hit several trees. He later died in a hospital.

Smith’s house is the third owned by a Richmond area first responder killed in less than three years on duty and due to be paid for by Tunnel to Towers, the newspaper reported.