- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 8, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - A nonprofit organization says it’ll pay off the mortgage of a New York firefighter who died in the line of duty.

The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation said Tuesday it’ll also cover any future home renovation costs for his family.

Joseph Sanford Jr., who volunteered with Long Island’s Inwood Fire Department, died Dec. 23.

The nonprofit plans to raise more than $300,000.

Newsday (http://nwsdy.li/1IrwM4T ) says the mortgage holder, Bank of America, will match up to 50 percent of what the foundation raises.

The foundation also will pay for home renovations for the family of slain NYPD Det. Wenjian Liu (WEHN’-jihn loo).

More than $1 million has been raised to pay off mortgages held by Liu and fellow Det. Rafael Ramos. They were killed in an ambush attack in December.

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Information from: Newsday, http://www.newsday.com

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