Injured Stark County veteran gets ‘smart’ home for the holidays

Sgt. Joshua Stahl,  who lost both legs while serving in Afghanistan in 2011, now has a new customized “smart” home donated by the FF Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, reports Jessica Holbrook in the Canton Rep.

Santa Claus, an honor guard, and family and friends were on hand to celebrate with the Stahl family.

Stahl is a veteran of the US Army’s 82nd Airborne Division and deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan several times. In 2011, Stahl was clearing a  path as the leader of a scout team when he stepped on a mine, losing both legs above the knee. He also lost his index finger and suffered a traumatic brain injury.

56 veterans and their families so far have received smart homes from the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation’s Building for America’s Bravest program. Stephen Siller, 34, a member of the FDNY’s elite Squad 1, was off-duty on the morning of September 11, 2001. When he learned of the terrorist attack, he drove to the entrance of the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel, but it was closed. He put on his gear and ran through the tunnel to reach the World Trade Center. He was killed in the South Tower.

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Pentagon 9/11 Memorial Visitor Center renderings on display at mall

Renderings of the future 9/11 Pentagon Memorial Visitor Education Center, which is due to open by 2020, can be seen at Pentagon City mall, reports Arlington Now.

The Education Center will be located at the junction of Columbia Pike and Washington Boulevard in the highway cloverleaf. The site is only a short walk from the Pentagon Memorial for the 184 people killed by terrorists aboard Flight 77 and in the Pentagon on September 11, 2001.

The designs can be found in the Fashion Centre near the food court elevator bank.

The 9/11 Pentagon Memorial Visitor Education Center will feature a glass wall so that visitors can see the side of the Pentagon that was struck by  the plane during the terror attack.

Details can be found on the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial website.

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Charity pays off mortgages for family of fallen Dallas officers

The FF Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation has paid the mortgages for the widows of the two Dallas police officers gunned down this summer, reported Sebastian Robetson in USA Today.

Emily Thompson, the widow of Dart Officer Brent Thompson and Heidi Smith, widow of slain Sgt. Michael Smith, both were on hand to say thank you.

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