NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation is now helping a New York City detective who suffered catastrophic injuries in the line of duty.

During a June 2017 traffic stop in Brooklyn, Det. Dalsh Veve was dragged for several blocks when a teenager driving a stolen car hit the gas.

Tunnel to Towers is assisting Veve and his family by paying off the mortgage on their home.

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“The peace of mind knowing if or when things are difficult and I need to take a leave of absence for a while, as I often do need to for Dalsh, my family life will be less affected. Thank you,” Esther Veve, Dalsh’s wife, said.

Det. Veve and his family are the first to receive a mortgage payoff under Tunnel to Towers’ new plan to increase the number of service members and first responders they assist.

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