BackStoppers Helps Again
Lt. Clarence O. Watson II, of the Hematite Fire Protection District, died on November 29, 2008 of cardiac arrest after having been on several emergency calls within 12 hours of his passing. His death has recently been determined to be line of duty, and The BackStoppers will be assisting his family. Lt. Watson is survived by his son, parents, two sisters, and a brother.
Clarence O. Watson II
Hematite Fire Protection District
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Public Safety: Everyone’s Responsibility
In the wake of the tragic events of September 11, 2001,
public safety has taken on new dimensions. Even in the
face of growing threats and challenges, police and fire
professionals continue to respond with characteristic
heroism and selflessness. Unfortunately, some lose their
life in the line of duty.
It’s impossible to fill the void they leave in
society and in their families, but by supporting The BackStoppers,
you can express your appreciation in a tangible way for
a life given on behalf of others. By doing so, you can
help those they loved the most continue their legacy of
dedication to public safety.
A Safety Net with No Strings Attached
Started in 1959, The BackStoppers provides needed support
and financial assistance to the spouses and children
of all local and county police officers, firefighters,
publicly-funded paramedics and EMTs and volunteer fire
protection units, who have lost their lives performing
their duty. Deaths from natural causes, illnesses or
injuries are outside the organization’s scope.
The BackStoppers provides assistance to counties served by Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop C in Missouri and Illinois State Police District 11 in Illinois and Cape Girardeau County in Missouri.
Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop
C Counties Served:
St. Louis City
St. Louis County
Illinois State Police District 11 Counties
The BackStoppers, Inc., is a non-profit association of
civic-minded men and women in the St. Louis area and neighboring
counties in Missouri and Illinois.
Managed With Care
A 20-member board of directors administers the organization
and approves financial-support awards. Each year, six
directors are selected to fill three-year terms, and board
officers are elected annually. An executive director oversees