CENTRAL ILLINOIS — The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation announced the families of two fallen Illinois first responders that their mortgages have been paid in full.
McHenry County Deputy Sheriff Jacob Keltner and Fulton County Deputy Troy Chisum were both killed in the line of duty this year. Keltner was attempting to serve a warrant when he was killed. He left behind his wife, Becki, and his two young sons, Caleb and Carson. Chisum was killed while responding to a domestic violence call, leaving behind his wife of more than twenty years, Amanda, and their three daughters, Kyleigh, Abigail and Gracie.
Within days of these tragedies, the Tunnel to Towers Foundation promised it would pay off the mortgages on their homes. Now, foundation chairman and CEO Frank Siller is traveling to the 8th annual Midwest BBQ for the Brave to announce that promise has been kept.
“These two men lost their lives protecting their communities. It is an honor to be able to tell the wives of these heroes that they never have to make another mortgage payment, that they will never have to worry about losing their homes,” said Tunnel to Towers Chairman & CEO Frank Siller. “This financial burden is off their shoulders forever. It’s even more meaningful that we can make this announcement in their home state of Illinois, at the Midwest BBQ for the Brave. We have proudly partnered with them for the last seven years, and have been overwhelmed by the support we have received from the people of the great state of Illinois.”
The event is set for 6:30 p.m. Friday in Frankfort, Ill.