We have just learned of the line of duty death of Officer Ronald Strittmatter of the Lakeshire Police Department and are now assisting his family. Officer Strittmatter suffered a heart attack at home on January 3, 2015 following a shift during which he was on multiple calls.
Officer Strittmatter retired from the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department after 24 years of service and had served with the Lakeshire Police Department for 4 years. He is survived by his wife and son, both of whom are police officers with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Officer Strittmatter’s family, friends, and co-workers.
Officer Ronald Strittmatter
Lakeshire Police Department
With the addition of the family of Officer Ronald Strittmatter, we are now assisting 76 families with 63 dependent children and have assisted a total of 155 families since 1959.
The BackStoppers is now assisting the family of Sgt. Peggy Vassallo of the Bellefontaine Neighbors Police Department who died in the line of duty on August 24, 2015 while standing outside of a vehicle.
Sgt. Vassallo ran the D.A.R.E. and Neighborhood Watch programs and was the community relations officer for the department. She is survived by her husband and adult children.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Sgt. Vassallo’s family, friends, and co-workers.
Sgt. Peggy Vassallo
Bellefontaine Neighbors Police Department
The BackStoppers is now assisting the family of City Marshal of Miramiguoa Village Kevin Dziejma who died in the line of duty on May 18, 2015 during a traffic stop.
Marshal Dziejma served as the City Marshal of Miramiguoa Village for five years. He is survived by two adult children, one of whom is a law enforcement officer in our coverage area.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Chief Dziejma’s family, friends, and co-workers.
Chief Kevin Dziejma
City Marshal of Miramiguoa Village
The BackStoppers is now assisting the family of Firefighter/Engineer Larry W. Lawhorn of the Orchard Farm Fire Protection District who died in the line of duty on May 3, 2015 while en route to a structure fire in Portage des Sioux.
Firefighter Lawhorn was a 17 year member of OFFPD and served with the St. Charles Fire Protection District 19 years prior to his time with Orchard Farm. He is survived by his wife and two adult children, one of whom serves as a firefighter in our region.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Firefighter Lawhorn’s family, friends, and co-workers.
Firefighter/Engineer Larry Lawhorn
Orchard Farm Fire Protection District