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Family and Friends Honor Officer Snyder

This fall, Dr. Adam Snyder organized a golf tournament honoring the memory of his younger brother, fallen hero Officer Blake Snyder.  Dedicated friends Pat and Kim Lawrence, Wesley Strowmatt, and Toby Henesey made up the organizing committee, and the event was a fantastic success.  Held on September 22, 2017 at Rolling Hills Golf Course in Godfrey, IL, the tournament raised over $40,000!

“This was truly Adam’s labor of love supported by long-time friends,” said Dick Snyder, father of Officer Snyder.

BackStoppers Executive Director Chief Ron Battelle and Board member Chief Jim Silvernail joined the committee and members of the Snyder family for the check presentation and expressed gratitude for this wonderful support.

We are very grateful for everyone who gave their time to make this event possible, and everyone who attended and enjoyed the tournament.  Thank you for helping to make our mission possible!

Watch for next year’s tournament by following our Events Calendar.

Pictured left to right: Colton, Beckett, Korby, Sara Snyder, Chief Jim Silvernail, Pat Lawrence, Chief Ron Battelle, Dr. Adam Synder, Wesley Strowmatt, Toby Henesey, Kim Lawrence, and Callie.

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Baking for BackStoppers: One Family’s Mission to Make a Difference

The Schrunk family decided to support the BackStoppers in a delicious way. Janel and her daughter, Allison, made it their mission to hold an annual bake sale in honor of Officer Blake Snyder, EOW 10/06/2016.

Janel reflects on the previous year’s events that inspired her family’s decision to honor Officer Snyder in their own special way, “After he was killed, my daughter and I repeatedly saw the story on the news and Allison looked at me and said, ‘Mom, we have to do something’.”

The idea of a bake sale seemed to come naturally for Janel and Allison. “One of the things my daughter Allison and I love to do together is bake and decorate cookies. We decided to bake treats for the police officers at the 3rd Precinct and the Affton firefighters, specifically the firehouse on Gravois where Engineer Castro works. Castro is a firefighter in Affton that our family got to know well. Every three to four months Allison and I would spend a couple full days baking and preparing treats, usually with a theme of Valentines’ Day, Easter, Summer, Thanksgiving and/or Christmas. We’ve been doing this for a few years now.”

Janel’s connection to first responders in her community runs deep. She describes one of her first experiences delivering treats to Officer Snyder’s platoon where she received a hug from Officer Wagener. “When I felt her bullet-proof vest, the realization of her dangerous job was sobering. She was willing to die for me.” Since then Janel was accompanied Officer Wagener on 10 ride-alongs.

It took a lot of hard work and preparation to make the first bake sale possible, but with some love and support, the bake sale became an event! “We spent three days straight baking, decorating and bagging up treats. Some friends donated treats, my mom came to help, and my husband, Monty, made the signs. All of us worked the sale on a cool Sunday afternoon. We made enough treats to raise about $500, but ended up raising over $1,500!”

Last year was not the end of the Schrunk family’s mission to support BackStoppers. “With the encouragement and the support of so many, we decided to make it an annual event!” This past October marked the second year of the Schrunk Family Bake Sale raising over $1,000 for BackStoppers. The love that the Schrunk family has extended to their local heroes and BackStoppers cannot be denied. “We don’t know how to get across just how thankful we are. So, we bake. And decorate. And give treats.”

We would like to thank the Schrunk family for their dedication to our mission, and for making a difference in the community. This love and support helps us assist families that have made the ultimate sacrifice for our safety.

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Assistance to Officer Glasby and O’Connor

 

We are providing financial assistance to Officer Gary Glasby of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department who was catastrophically injured in a vehicle accident earlier in the year, and Officer Ryan O’Connor of the Arnold MO Police Department who remains in critical condition from injuries sustained while transporting a burglary suspect on December 5th.
Our mission is to provide needed financial assistance and support to the families of first responders who have lost their lives or suffered a catastrophic injury performing their duty. Please consider making a donation today at BackStoppers.org
or by mail to
The BackStoppers
PO Box 795168
St. Louis, MO 63179-0700.
Thank you for everyone’s support!

 

 

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Assistance for Officer Ryan O’Connor

Photo courtesy of arnoldmo.org

The BackStoppers has provided $5,000 in assistance to Officer Ryan O’Connor of the Arnold Police Department.  Officer Ryan O’Connor, 44, sustained life-threatening injuries while transporting a burglary suspect to the Arnold Police Department today, December 5th, 2017.

Officer O’Connor is a three year veteran of the Arnold Police Department.  He has been in law enforcement for 20 years and previously worked for the St. Louis County Police Department and Ferguson Police Department.  He has a wife and four children.

Officer O’Connor has made a tremendous sacrifice for our safety.  We are praying for him and his family, as well as the Arnold Police Department and his extended family of police officers and first responders.

Our mission is to provide needed financial assistance and support to the families of first responders who have lost their lives or suffered a catastrophic injury performing their duty.  Thank you for your support of our cause.

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