WEYMOUTH (CBS) – A foundation created after the September 11 attacks will be donating a large sum of money to slain Weymouth Police Sgt. Michael Chesna’s family to help pay off the mortgage on their home.
The Tunnel 2 Towers Foundation will donate $100,000 to the Chesna family. The foundation grew out of 9/11 and they now pay off the mortgages of first responders who have died in the line of duty so families are not further traumatized.
“We do not want to have them move, we don’t want to have them find new friends, make new friends, we don’t want to have them go to a new school,” said John Hodge of Tunnel 2 Towers. “They’ve had enough upset.”
The outpouring of sympathy in Weymouth is obvious. What is not is the pain the entire Weymouth Police force is feeling.
“It’s a struggle, it’s a very difficult time,” said Officer Ken Murphy. “In our career field we have to move forward, and manage through things and keep moving forward.”
Chesna was killed Sunday. Police say 20-year-old Emanuel Lopes stole Chesna’s gun and shot him several times while running from the scene of a crash.
An Army veteran and member of the Weymouth Police Department for six years, Chesna leaves behind a wife and two children.
To donate, visit the Tunnel to Towers Foundation website.
Weymouth Police have also created a foundation in Chesna’s honor.
The fund is set up at Equitable Bank. Anyone who wishes to donate can make checks payable to the OFFICER MICHAEL CHESNA FAMILY FUND and mail or drop off the checks at the Weymouth Police Station at 140 Winter Street, Weymouth 02188.