NEW CASTLE COUNTY, Del. – The Tunnel to Towers Basis is honoring a fallen Delaware State Police Corporal by paying his household’s mortgage.
Greater than 4 years have handed since Corporal Stephen Ballard died attempting to maintain his group secure. He was shot and killed on April 26, 2017, within the car parking zone of a Bear Wawa after approaching a suspicious automobile.
He left behind a spouse, Louise Cummings and nine-year-old daughter, Abigail. They acquired a life-changing reward from the Tunnel to Towers Basis that is serving to households throughout the nation.
“That first yr or two, lots of people are round, lots of people will do variety issues, however to return up on the 4 yr anniversary and to have one thing like that is thoughts blowing,” Cummings stated. “To have somebody bestow such a present, not just for me, however for my daughter and our household.”
Cummings says she nonetheless can’t consider the muse paid off the mortgage on her Hockessin, Delaware residence. She was offered with all of the paperwork on the Fourth of July in a personal ceremony at her residence, with Abigail making it official.
“Who would even suppose any person would do one thing like this,” Cummings remarked.
The Tunnel to Towers Basis started twenty years in the past in honor of New York firefighter Stephen Stiller, who died saving others on 9/11. Its mission is to help fallen first responders and veterans by paying off the mortgages on the heroes properties.
Cummings and Ballard had solely been married 18 months. They purchased their home in June of 2016, and he died lower than a yr later.
“This was the one home that Stephen and I lived in, and to now have this as a eternally residence,” Cummings stated.
Cummings provides she thinks there was additionally a bit of “divine intervention” happening within the course of, on the a part of her late husband.
“I do know that he wished us to be okay, for me to have the ability to spend time with Abigail and never should work so laborious,” she stated. “This permits me to try this, which is superb.”
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