- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 23, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) - A charity created after the Sept. 11 terror attacks is helping relatives of two slain New York police officers by paying off their home mortgages.

The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation announced the plan Tuesday. It’s seeking donations for the families of Officers Wenjian Liu (WEHN’-jihn LOO’) and Rafael Ramos (rah-fy-EHL’ RAH’-mohs).

Chairman Frank Siller says the foundation got the idea after Gov. Andrew Cuomo noted the families were facing not only grief but such practical concerns as paying for their homes.

The foundation was created in memory of a firefighter who died on 9/11.

The Silver Shield Foundation and Bowdoin (BOH’-duhn) College have announced they’ll provide education aid to Ramos’ sons. That foundation was established by the late New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner.

Liu had no children.

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Online: http://tunnel2towers.org/

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