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Group to donate $100K toward slain marshal's mortgage
The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation is now asking people to donate what they can, until the mortgage loan is paid off.
The widow of slain Deputy U.S. Marshal Christopher David Hill will have one less worry as she and the couple's two young children grieve his murder.
The nonprofit Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation announced it will donate $100,000 to help pay off the Hills' mortgage. The foundation is now asking people to donate too, so the entire mortgage note can be paid off.
Hill, a York County resident, was fatally shot the morning of Thursday, Jan. 18, as he and fellow members of the U.S. Marshals Service's Fugitive Task Force were serving an arrest warrant at a Harrisburg City home.
Also injured was team member and York City Police Officer Kyle Pitts, who was shot in the elbow, according to York City Interim Police Chief Troy Bankert. A bullet struck a Harrisburg City officer, but his ballistic vest stopped it, according to U.S. Attorney David Freed.
Honoring sacrifice: Frank Siller said his family created the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation to honor his brother's sacrifice. Stephen Siller, a New York City firefighter, was killed saving people in the Twin Towers on Sept. 11, 2001.
His shift was over and he was on his way to golf, but he turned around and went back to work after learning of the attack.
At a news conference Friday, Jan. 19, in Harrisburg City's government center, Siller said both his brother and slain deputy marshal Hill sacrificed everything for their communities.
'An American hero': Siller praised Hill's work, noting Hill, 45, was part of the marshals service's special operations unit, which he said is an elite honor.
"He was involved in so many situations that put his life in danger," Siller said. "What an American hero."
He said it's only right to honor fallen American heroes by making sure their families are cared for.
"Our promise, our commitment, is that in very, very short period of time, that Deputy Hill's family will never have to worry about their home again," Siller said. "God knows, they have enough to deal with."
Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse said of the $100,000 donation that sometimes after tragedies, "human compassion can reveal itself."
"I would call on everyone in the public to make a donation," Papenfuse said.
He noted the foundation has a "proven track record" of helping families of law enforcement, firefighters and others killed in the line of duty.
If donations exceed the mortgage loan, the rest of the money will go directly to Hill's wife and children, Siller said.
To donate, visit tunnel2towers.org.
— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.