Nonprofit pays mortgage for fallen Stockton officer’s widow Jimmy Inn – CBS Sacramento
STOCKTON (CBS13) – A fallen hero’s family now has a forever home. The Tunnel to the Towers Foundation pays off Stockton Police Officer Jimmy Inn’s mortgage.
“They emailed me yesterday and I can’t believe it. I still can’t believe it, ”Tela Inn told CBS13. “Just to know that whatever happens, that my kids have a home that they can come to, a home that all of our family memories of the past two years have been in that home.”
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Inn struggles to find the words for such unexpected kindness. Last May, Tela, who is also a police officer, lost her husband when he was shot and killed in response to a domestic violence appeal.
“I’m at a loss for words. I mean, Jimmy and I bought this house a little over two years ago, so we still have a lot to pay, ”Tela said.
“This peace and security, she deserves it so much, and for the sacrifice her family has made,” said Jennifer Brekke, Tunnel to Towers board member.
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Brekke says the idea of paying off the mortgages came about as a way to have the greatest impact on families making the ultimate sacrifice. Additionally, the foundation wanted to help families stay in their homes and communities where their children could stay in the same school without more change and loss than they already know.
“It makes so much sense to give back to these families who have lost so much,” said Brekke.
“We brought the baby home to this house, and therefore just to know that this is our house and that we don’t have to worry,” Tela said.
Tela has lost the father of her child and her best friend, but now she can keep the home they found forever.
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“It’s a load that has been lifted from my shoulders. It just makes it a lot easier to keep going and try to move forward, ”Tela said.