HANOVER COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — A 9/11 organization plans to pay off the mortgage on a fallen Hanover firefighter’s home.
The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation made the announcement at Fire Station #6 where Lt. Brad Clark worked.
“Lt. Clark went off to work to protect us and take care of all of us, now it’s time that we come together and take care of his family,” says Tunnel to Towers CEO Frank Siller.
Lt. Clark died in the line of duty nearly two weeks ago.
He was at the scene of a crash on I-295, when a tractor-trailer plowed into his fire truck.
The 43-year-old left behind a wife and family who are reassured that the mortgage on their home will soon be paid in full.
“I felt a peace wash over me for the first time since the loss of my husband,” explained his widow, Melanie.
The foundation, which was created in memory of a fallen 9/11 firefighter, is kicking in $100,000 towards the Clark’s mortgage.
It is also helping the community raise what’s left to pay it off.
“It’s to me a miracle that I will be able to stay in the home where all of our memories are,” adds M. Clark, “So thank you doesn’t seem to be good enough, but I’m grateful. Our family is grateful.”
Firefighter Carter Lewis, one of two firefighters seriously hurt in the same crash, insisted on being there for his fallen brother’s family.
Lewis was just released from the hospital yesterday.
“I can just see Brad in heaven and I can just picture him with the biggest smile on his face,” M. Clark added.
They need the community’s help to pay off that mortgage. You can contribute here.