The 9-11 support group Stephen Siller Tunnels to Towers Foundation has paid off the mortgage on the home of slain El Dorado County Sheriff's deputy Brian Ishmael.
The organization made the announcement on Monday. CBS 13 reported the CEO said in a statement that paying off the Ishmael family's mortgage will hopefully provide them with a sense of security and peace of mind during the holidays.
Ishmael was shot and killed October 23rd, while he was responding to a bogus call reporting the theft of marijuana at an illegal grow on Sand Ridge Road in Somerset. An off-duty San Joaquin County sheriff’s deputy, who on a ride-along with Ishmael, was injured in the shooting.
A federal grand jury in Sacramento earlier this month indicted four men in Ishmael's death. Three of the men indicted face charges in El Dorado Superior Court, including murder charges. All four are facing federal conspiracy charges related to the illegal pot grow and the discharge of a firearm in connection to a drug offense.
Deputy Ishmael was a four-year veteran with the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office and previously worked for the Placerville Police Department.
In a separate act of kindness a Placerville couple partnered with St. Patrick Church to hold a fundraiser for the Ishmael family. The Mountain Democrat reported the fundraiser raised $6,000 for memorial fund established after the deputy's death.
You may donate to the Brian Ishmael Memorial Fund by clicking here.