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The Gary Sinise Foundation is set to build houses for police officers injured in the line of duty


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The Gary Sinise Foundation plans to build two smart homes for two St. Louis-area police officers who were injured in the line of duty.

The homes will go to the two officers free and clear — neither officer will have to pay a mortgage on their respective properties.

What are the details?

The foundation made the announcement Wednesday in Chesterfield, Missouri.

Officers Matt Crosby and Ryan O'Connor, who were shot while working to protect St. Louis-area citizens, were wheelchair-bound after the incidents. Both officers received phone calls from actor Gary Sinise about the fully furnished homes, which will also be completely mortgage-free, wheelchair-accessible, and outfitted with the latest in smart-home technology.

KMOV-TV reported that Crosby was shot during a 2010 call on a domestic disturbance at an area apartment. A suspect shot O'Connor in 2017 during a jail transport.

According to the Gary Sinise Foundation website, the homes for Crosby and O'Connor are "one-of-a-kind."

"We're constructing one-of-a-kind specially adapted smart homes for our nation's most severely wounded heroes," the site said. "This program predominantly supports defenders that were injured in combat operations or during training while performing their duties. These 100% mortgage-free homes ease the daily challenges faced by these heroes and their families who sacrifice alongside of them."

What else?

According to KTVI-TV, Jim Shubert — who is one of the foundation's board of directors — was present at Wednesday's announcement "to challenge St. Louisans to make financial contributions." Such monetary contributions will go toward building more homes.

The Gary Sinise Foundation has an extensive history of helping America's wounded warriors, Gold Star families, brothers in blue, and first responders who are in need of help to live a fruitful and comfortable life.

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