Thanks to a national foundation, the family of a slain Metro East trooper got a special holiday surprise.

On FOX News Sunday, Dec. 1, the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation announced that the mortgage of Illinois State Trooper Nick Hopkins had been paid in full, keeping a promise they made three months earlier.

In the course of serving a warrant in East St. Louis in August, Hopkins was shot and killed. Hopkins, an Illinois State Police Force 10-year veteran, left behind a wife, Whitney, twins, Evelyn and Owen, and Emma, a baby girl.

The foundation said their Fallen First Responder Home Program has helped first responder families with young children to stay in their homes since 2015. One of the missions of the organization is to honor the sacrifice of the military and first responders.

ISP said that the death of Hopkins was the first member of an Illinois State Police SWAT team in 20 years.