Mario Herrera recognized nationally for his sacrifice

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — Four months following his death, the Lincoln community still mourns Investigator Mario Herrera. Today, a national foundation recognized his sacrifice.

The Tunnels to Towers Foundation aims to help families of fallen heroes through charitable gifts and donations.

For the Herrera family, Tunnels to Towers paid off their mortgage in full through its Fallen First Responder Home Program.

Herrera’s surviving family– his wife, Carrie, and their four kids– said they are extremely grateful to have one less worry on their plate.

“In this time of so much pain and uncertainty of life without Mario, knowing we will be secure in our home is more than words can describe. It is an uplifting feeling that is brought on by others’ kindness, and that is an amazing feeling. Our mortgage being paid off during Season of Hope… this brings joy, happiness, cheer, and every other emotion we should have during the holidays,” Carrie said.

Herrera not only served as a Lincoln Police Officer, but a Nebraska State Patrolman and a U.S. Army soldier.

“Our country is full of heroes like Investigator Herrera, men and women who spend decades putting their lives on the line to protect everyday Americans,” stated Tunnel to Towers Chairman and CEO Frank Siller. “The sense of security that comes with knowing you never have to worry about a mortgage payment again – we owe it to them, and to the families they leave behind. It means the world to us to be able to give this gift to Carrie and her children ahead of the holidays.”

This is the seventeenth home in the foundation’s Season of Hope, where the organization delivers 36 mortgage-free homes between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve.

For more information on Tunnel to Towers, visit their website at

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