COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A foundation that takes care of first responders who die in the line of duty or from illnesses caused by their jobs has paid off the mortgages on three homes in South Carolina.

The Tunnel to Towers Foundation says it paid off mortgages for the families of North Myrtle Beach Public Safety Sgt. Gordon William Best and retired New York City Police Det. James Giery.

It also purchased a mortgage-free home for the family of Marion County deputy Jonathan Price.

Best died in a wreck on Jan. 1, Price died in a crash Jan. 6 and Giery died in 2016 of cancer caused by his service in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.