HANOVER COUNTY, Virginia (WRIC) – A Virginia State Police officer’s widow no longer has to worry about paying a mortgage on her Hannover County home.
It’s all thanks to a foundation that helps the family with a tragedy.
In September 2015, trooper Nathan-Michael Smith died in an accident while responding to an emergency call. He was on his way to help another soldier. Nathan-Michael Smith never had the opportunity to live in his family’s current home.
His wife, Jennifer Smith, made house payments for the house they built together.
“That was our dream home,” she says.
The Tunnel to Towers Foundation, which supports families of fallen police officers and firefighters, ensured that Smith’s family stayed where they call home. The foundation’s Fallen First Responder program covered mortgage payments for Jennifer Smith.
“It’s quite frankly breathtaking,” said Jennifer Smith. “You know, you never think something like this would happen, but when it happens you somehow try to fix your life and then someone reaches you out with such a touching gift.
She believes this is just one example that shows the strong support system available to families of first responders.
“To me, it shows me that his memory is still alive and that his death was definitely not in vain and that people still care,” said Jennifer Smith.