The Tunnel to Towers Foundation pledged to pay off the mortgage of a fallen NYPD officer named Anastasios Tsakos who was reportedly hit and killed by an alleged drunk driver Jessica Beauvais on Tuesday morning.
“He was an amazing guy. He loved what he was doing… He was just an amazing guy… it’s really hard,” his brother Teddy Tsakos sadly told “Fox & Friends” on Friday. Tsakos’ young daughter also sweetly noted that she loved her uncle very much.
The nonprofit foundation was created to honor a fallen 9/11 firefighter named Stephen Siller. Now, they will do the same for Tsakos, a 14-year veteran of the New York Police Department, who leaves behind his wife, six-year-old daughter, and his three-year-old son. Their home was just purchased last year and his wife Irene had no idea where they would live now that her husband was gone.
Tsakos assured his brother’s widow that they would “figure it out.” Tunnel to Towers Foundation CEO Frank Siller called the family a few hours after that and told her that they would take care of the mortgage.
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“She told me what are we going to do now? Am I going to have to move again?” the late officer’s brother said. “Two hours later, Frank called and said, ‘don’t worry the kids are going to grow up in this house.’”
“Police officers are risking their lives every day for us so that we could live in a community,” Siller stated to co-host Ainsley Earhardt. “Tunnel to Towers Foundation, we’re there for our first responders and our military and we want to make sure that this mortgage is paid off immediately.”
“We are devastated by this tragic loss,” declared Siller. “Officer Tsakos was one of our city’s heroes who went to work to keep us and our city safe and he did not make it home to his wife and children. A family went to bed and woke up to the unimaginable news that they would never see their husband and father again.”
Earlier, we updated NYers on last night’s tragic events. pic.twitter.com/IFsPguIs1c
— Commissioner Shea (@NYPDShea) April 27, 2021
— NYC PBA (@NYCPBA) April 27, 2021
Tunnel to Towers constructs mortgage-free homes and supports Gold Star families through donations given by Americans across the nation.
Beauvais’ 2013 Volkswagen was reportedly heading east on the highway in question at approximately 1 a.m. according to NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea, when the driver swerved to avoid other cars and then struck Officer Tsakos “head-on” while he was directing traffic. She was allegedly driving under the influence with a suspended license. Beauvais also reportedly has a history of traffic violations.
Tsakos had been directing traffic at another fatal crash when he was hit and catapulted into the air. Beauvais was reportedly so inebriated at the scene, she didn’t even realize what she had done at first.
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Beauvais reportedly fled the scene initially. “The alleged drunk driver kept going several exits before exiting the LIE and mounting a sidewalk. With police surrounding her, Beauvais then allegedly tried another escape, reversing twice into a police car behind her,” stated prosecutors.
Beauvais faces 13 counts in connection to the crash, including 2nd degree, aggravated vehicular manslaughter. She allegedly blew a .15 BAC, which is nearly twice the legal limit, more than two hours after the crash occurred. Beauvais is being held without bail.
She hosts a podcast that spouts anti-police rants, though authorities don’t believe her hatred towards officers was a factor in Tsakos’ death.
Beauvais also allegedly told the officers who later arrested her: “F*** you; I don’t have to listen to you.”
Reportedly, she told authorities that she had imbibed two glasses of wine and then had taken her 13-year-old son to Hempstead. Beauvais then claims to have smoked a joint, had two shots of 1800 Patron Tequila, and then proceeded to take a bottle of wine with her to record her Brooklyn podcast.
A GoFundMe, as well as a fundraiser on Fund the First, raised in excess of $237,000 as of Friday afternoon. Services for officer Tsakos are scheduled for next week.
The Tunnel to Towers Foundation has spent more than $250 million paying off mortgages and assisting families to honor and support first responders and veterans.
Officers sent out their condolences on the death of Officer Tsakos and many are grieving the senseless loss of one of their own.
We join the entire NYPD family and all New Yorkers in mourning the death of P.O. Tsakos. Our prayers go out to his wife and family as they confront this terrible loss. #FidelisAdMortem https://t.co/UFT32vsVMU
— Michael E. McMahon (@StatenIslandDA) April 27, 2021
We mourn the loss of P.O. Anastasios Tsakos, who died this morning after being struck by a car on the Long Island Expressway in Queens. He served the NYPD for 14 years and leaves behind a wife and two young kids. #FidelisAdMortem@NYPDHighway pic.twitter.com/0K7n07jiZp
— NYPD Staten Island (@NYPDstatenIslnd) April 27, 2021
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family & friends of @NYPDHighway Unit 3 Police Officer Anastasios Tsakos who was killed in the line of duty this morning. He served for 14 years and leaves behind a wife and two young kids. A loss not only for our NYPD family, but all of NYC. pic.twitter.com/WdaJjGVn0G
— NYPD 120th Precinct (@NYPD120Pct) April 27, 2021
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