Nonprofit pays off home for fallen Coast firefighter. ‘Words cannot express the gratitude.’

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Pascagola Fire Department

A national nonprofit paid off the mortgage for the family of late Pascagoula Fire Capt. Jacob Brice Latch.

Just ahead of the Fourth of July weekend, the Tunnels to Towers Foundation announced the organization had paid off the mortgages for families of 22 fallen police officers and firefighters across the county.

Latch, 38, of Ocean Springs died Oct. 12, 2021, of an aggressive form of occupational cancer called Epithelioid Hemangioendothelioma (EHE). He died a short time after his Sept. 30, 2021, diagnosis.

Latch, who had been longtime supporter of the nonprofit group, had served as a Pascagoula firefighter for 16 years.

“Our local chapter of the Tunnel To Towers organization has been a part of our lives for many years,’ his wife, Katie Latch said in a statement to the nonprofit.

“Jacob was always eager to help generate support and participants for the annual T2T 5k race in Biloxi.

“He felt honored to volunteer for an organization that provided financial support for the families of those who were lost in the line of duty. We never dreamed that one day we would be that family. I am so thankful that Jacob had the opportunity to participate in fundraising for this organization that has helped so many families and will now be helping his own family.”

Latch graduated from Ocean Springs High School and attended the University of Southern Mississippi, where he met his wife.

Latch is remembered as an amazing husband, loving father and loyal friend. He loved to spend time outdoors and routing for the New Orleans Saints.

In addition to his wife, Latch is survived by his three children.

“The amount of love and support we have received from our local chapter (Justin and Bridgette Lopez) and the Tunnel To Towers Foundation has truly been a ray of light in a time that seems so dark and sad,” his wife said in the statement. “Words cannot express the gratitude I feel for the foundation and each person that has ever played a part in this organization. Thank you!”

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