Utah Gold Star Family Received Special Christmas Present: Paid off Mortgage

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Major Brent Taylor was killed in an insider attack in Kabul, Afghanistan on November 3. Also the Mayor of North Ogden, Utah, he was a well-respected man in his city, as well as being a member of the Utah National Guard. But his death created a burden for his wife, who was concerned that she would have to have two jobs to make ends meet and take her away from their 7 children, according to Military.com. But this Utah Gold Star family received a special Christmas gift- a charitable organization paid off their mortgage.

“Brent is a man that’s larger than life, especially now that we’ve lost him. A man who loves his country, loves his family and above all, loves his God. I’m a Gold Star wife, which I never expected to be, but I’m a very proud Army wife. I really am…I stay home with our seven children and that’s where I want to be. I don’t want them to lose him to war and then all of a sudden I have to go work a couple of jobs to try to make ends meet, so this is just unbelievable.” Jennie Taylor

The mortgage was paid off by the Tunnel to Towers Foundation, which was created in honor of Stephen Siller, an FDNY member who died in the Twin Tower attack on  9-11-2001. He ran through the Brooklyn Battery tunnel to get to the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, but died in the tunnel at the collapse of the towers. They hold a yearly run to commemorate the last steps of Stephen Siller.

The Foundation’s website reported:

On December 20, Frank Siller, the CEO and Chairman of the Tunnel to Towers Foundation, surprised Jennie Taylor with news that the mortgage on her home had been paid in full.

He handed her a mortgage payoff notice live on an broadcast of Fox & Friends, a favorite show of her late husband.

Army National Guard Major Brent Taylor was killed on his fourth tour of duty, his last tour in more than a decade-long military career. He left behind a wife and seven children, the oldest 13, the youngest not even a year old. This will be the first Christmas without their husband and father.

A special Christmas gift for a Gold Star family.

“It’s the least we could do [for you] as a country and from the Tunnel to Towers Foundation. Merry Christmas. This is paid off in full, It’s done, it’s finished, you never have to worry about it again.” Frank Siller


A GoFundMe was created for the family at the time, but only raised about $11,000 of a $250,000 goal.

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