Family of Fallen Marine Gets Mortgage-Free Home in Horizon from 9/11 Organization

Lorena, and her children Anthony and Audrey, get the ceremonial key to their home

On Tuesday, January 14, the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, named for a fallen 9/11 FDNY firefighter honored the service and sacrifice of USMC Lance Corporal Norberto Mendez-Hernandez, by giving his widow Lorena and their children Anthony and Audrey a new, mortgage-free home in Horizon City.

LCpl. Mendez-Hernandez fulfilled a lifelong dream when he enlisted in the Marine Corps in 2010. He deployed to Afghanistan in 2011, leaving behind his son and newborn daughter.

He would not make it home to see his children grow up.

He was just 22-years-old when he was killed in action on July 10, 2011.  Since then, his family has moved a dozen times, moves that required the children to leave their school, friends, and routines behind.

Tunnel to Towers Foundation Chairman and CEO Frank Siller said, “I know this gift of a mortgage-free home will give the family back a sense of security and stability they have not had since LCpl. Mendez-Hernandez lost his life serving his country.”

Lorena says this home will provide both a new start as well as a place to honor her husband’s memory.  “It’s having him with us, although he is not physically there…He is looking over us, with us. The house signifies that.”

Anthony, 11, and Audrey, 9, are looking forward to having their own rooms and Audrey can’t wait to put a ‘No Boys Allowed” sign on her door.

Special home presentation

Posted by on Tuesday, January 14, 2020

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