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December 30, 2014

9/11 Charity Seeking $800,000 for Slain N.Y. Cops' Mortgages

A charity established to honor a firefighter who died in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks has raised nearly a third of an $800,000 target to pay off the home loans of two New York City police officers murdered earlier this month, reports the Associated Press. The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation said it had collected $250,000 as of Sunday, two days after it announced the campaign for the families of officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos.

The foundation hopes to secure the full amount needed to buy the fallen officers' homes by New Year's Day. Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday that his nonprofit, the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City, has raised $120,000 to support the families of Mr. Liu and Mr. Ramos, and the Yankee Silver Shield Foundation, created by the late New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, has pledged to cover their children's college costs.