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First Responders

Assisting the Family of Deputy Paul Clark

The BackStoppers is now assisting the family of Deputy Sheriff Paul Clark of the St. Francois County Sheriff’s Department who died in the line of duty on July 4, 2016 as a result of injuries sustained months prior.  On October 27, 2015, Deputy Clark’s patrol car was struck by a suspect who was fleeing the scene of a traffic stop.  Deputy Clark suffered a broken back that resulted in multiple surgeries.

Deputy Clark, who was 55-years old, was an 18 year veteran of law enforcement.  He served with the St. Francois County Sheriff’s Department for 13 years and had previously served with the Park Hills Police Department for five years.  He leaves behind his wife and two adult children.  Deputy Paul Clark’s family, friends, and co-workers will remain in our thoughts and prayers.

Deputy Sheriff Paul Clark
St. Francois County Sheriff’s Department
EOW 7/4/16

The BackStoppers now assists 81 families with 66 dependent children.  Our assistance is immediate and ongoing. Within hours of the death of a first responder, his or her family receives a check for $5,000 to be used in whatever way they need.

Within a few weeks, our representatives meet with the surviving spouse to identify the family’s other financial obligations, eliminate the family’s debt, and provide ongoing support for education and other extraordinary expenses.

We recognize the tremendous sacrifices that public servants make every day when they go to work. We understand the burdens placed on surviving spouses and children when tragedies occur. We believe our community has an obligation to care for the loved ones of those who have protected us. We accept the responsibility to make that happen.  Join us in our cause.  Help us provide life-long support for families of fallen heroes by donating or joining online or by mail to the address below.

The BackStoppers, Inc.
PO Box 795168
Saint Louis, MO 63179-0700

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Assisting the Family of Officer Blake Snyder

The BackStoppers is now assisting the family of Officer Blake Snyder of the St. Louis County Police Department who was shot and killed in the line of duty on October 6, 2016 while responding to a call.  A suspect opened fire on the officer upon his arrival on the scene.

Officer Snyder, who was 33-years old, served with the St. Louis County Police Department for 4 years and leaves behind his wife and 2-year old son.  Officer Blake’s family, friends, and co-workers will remain in our thoughts and prayers.

Officer Blake Snyder

Officer Blake Snyder
St. Louis County Police Department
EOW 10/6/16

With the addition of the family of Officer Blake Snyder, we are now assisting 80 families with 66 dependent children and have assisted a total of 159 families since 1959.

The BackStoppers’ assistance is immediate and ongoing. Within hours of the death of a police officer, his or her family receives a check for $5,000 to be used in whatever way they need.

Within a few weeks, our representatives meet with the surviving spouse to identify the family’s other financial obligations, eliminate the family’s debt, and provide ongoing support for education and other extraordinary expenses.

We recognize the tremendous sacrifices that public servants make every day when they go to work. We understand the burdens placed on surviving spouses and children when tragedies occur. We believe our community has an obligation to care for the loved ones of those who have protected us. We accept the responsibility to make that happen.  Join us in our cause.  Help us provide life-long support for families of fallen heroes by donating or joining online or by mail to the address below.

The BackStoppers, Inc.
PO Box 795168
Saint Louis, MO 63179-0700

 

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Assisting the Family of the Fallen St. Louis County Police Officer

The BackStoppers is now assisting the family of a St. Louis County Police Officer who was shot and killed in the line of duty on October 6, 2016 while responding to a call.  A suspect opened fire on the officer upon his arrival on the scene.

The 33-year old officer served with the St. Louis County Police Department for 4 years and leaves behind his family.  The family, friends, and co-workers of the fallen officer are in our thoughts and prayers during this immeasurably difficult time.

When a line of duty death occurs, The BackStoppers steps in with immediate assistance that is then ongoing.  After immediately providing $5,000 to the family to be used in whatever way they need, we meet with the family of the fallen, eliminate their debt, and arrange to provide ongoing support for expenses such as health care, tuition, and more.  The BackStoppers is always there.  We’re able to offer life-long assistance to the families of the fallen because of the generous support of members and donors.  Please help us help the family of the St. Louis County Police Officer who lost his life in the line of duty today, and donate or join online or at the address below.

The BackStoppers, Inc.
PO Box 795168
Saint Louis, MO 63179-0700

St. Louis County Police

We are now assisting 80 families with 66 dependent children and have assisted a total of 159 families since 1959.  Join us in our cause of alleviating the burdens of those affected by tragedy.

Photo by St. Louis County Police Department

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Assistance for Officer Tudor

The BackStoppers is providing assistance to Officer Craig Tudor who was catastrophically injured in a head-on automobile accident while responding to an emergency call on August 25th, 2016.

Officer Tudor is an 11-year veteran of the Hazelwood Police Department.  During this extremely challenging time, we honor Office Tudor and keep him and all who know him in our thoughts and prayers.

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 on our donation page or by mail at the address below.

The BackStoppers, Inc.
PO Box 795168
St. Louis, MO 63179-0700.

We thank you for your generous support.

Officer Craig Tudor

Officer Craig Tudor
Hazelwood Police Department

With the addition of Officer Craig Tudor, we are now assisting 79 families with 65 dependent children and have assisted a total of 158 families since 1959.

 

 

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Brielle and Nora Sage’s Lemonade Stand

Brielle & Nora Sage Lemonade StandBrielle and Nora Sage’s Lemonade Stand raised $785 for The BackStoppers and $785 for Officer Mike Flamion for a grand total of $1,570!

When 7-year old Brielle and 5-year old Nora Sage decided they wanted to organize a lemonade stand, their mother, Cindy, listed five choices for donating the funds.  Brielle asked if they could split what they raised between The BackStoppers and Officer Flamion, and they went to work.

Sign Making

The two girls took on every task – making signs, juicing lemons, shopping for supplies, and cleaning up during and after the fundraiser in addition to serving customers for four hours on a hot summer day.  The Cottleville Fire Protection District was kind enough to stop by with a commercial fan and other supplies to help beat the heat, and many area first responders purchased lemonade throughout the day.

Trying on a firefighter helmetWhen Brielle and Nora Sage presented BackStoppers with their donation of $785, they were surprised with a big turnout from both the Ladue Police Department and the Ladue Fire Department.  The girls had a blast sitting in the fire truck, turning on the lights, and wearing headsets to communicate with one another and Fire Chief Steven Lynn.  They got to try out the hose and infrared camera, and even took a trip around the parking lot in the truck.

Thank you Brielle and Nora Sage for your hard work and generous support of our mission! Your donation will help us help families of fallen first responders. We also wish to thank everyone who supported the lemonade stand.

Brielle and Nora Sage with Ladue Fire Department

Thank you to both Chief Rich Wooten & the Ladue Police Department and Chief Steven Lynn, Asst. Chief Jeff Johnson, & the Ladue Fire Department for taking the time to show Brielle and Nora Sage how much their efforts are appreciated!

Brielle and Nora Sage's Check Presentation

Brielle and Nora Sage present their check for $785 to Chief Rich Wooten & the Ladue Police Department, Chief Steven Lynn, Asst. Chief Jeff Johnson, & the Ladue Fire Department, and The BackStoppers Executive Director Chief Ron Battelle

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Assisting the Family of Paramedic Jonathan Noce

The BackStoppers is now assisting the family of Paramedic Jonathan Noce of the Joachim-Plattin Ambulance District who died in the line of duty on May 25, 2016.

Paramedic Noce was serving with both the Joachim-Plattin Ambulance District and Osage County Ambulance District.  He is survived by his wife and two daughters.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Paramedic Jonathan Noce’s family, friends, and co-workers.

Paramedic Jonathan Noce
Joachim-Plattin Ambulance District
EOW 5/25/16

With the addition of the family of Paramedic Jonathan Noce, we are now assisting 78 families with 65 dependent children and have assisted a total of 157 families since 1959.

 

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Ashtynn’s Lemonade Stand for BackStoppers

Ashtynn's Lemonade Stand

Ashtynn at her lemonade stand for BackStoppers

6-year old Ashtynn saw a YouTube video of a lemonade stand for charity and decided to do the same for BackStoppers.  After sitting at her lemonade stand for six hours and selling every cup herself, Ashtynn had raised $1,105.05 for families of fallen first responders!  Then, Ashtynn and her family visited local police and fire departments to drop off baskets full of snacks.

Many area firefighters and paramedics, including High Ridge Fire Chief Mike Arnhart and Capt. Ron Arnhart with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, came out to enjoy some refreshing lemonade on a hot day, and the High Ridge Fire Department made sure the stand was shaded under a big tent.

Ashtynn's Lemonade Stand

Area paramedics supporting Ashtynn’s Lemonade Stand for BackStoppers

We were honored to meet Ashtynn at our office and receive one of her snack baskets as a gift.  This inspiring young girl brought her proud parents and grandparents and spoke with KSDK NewsChannel 5‘s James Tuxbury about her fundraiser.

Ashtynn's Lemonade Check Presentation

Ashtynn presents check for $1,105.05 to The BackStoppers Executive Director Chief Ron Battelle, Frontenac Assistant Fire Chief Marc Ulses, Frontenac Police Chief Tom Becker, Lt. Craig Picha, and Officer Bryant Wuertz.

Ashtynn’s hard work and great kindness will go a long way to help families who’ve lost a loved one in the line of duty.  The BackStoppers is very grateful for this generous donation.  Thank you, Ashtynn, for supporting BackStoppers!

Ashtynn's Lemonade Stand

High Ridge Fire Department supporting Ashtynn’s Lemonade Stand for BackStoppers

 

 

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Assistance for Officer Mike Flamion

The BackStoppers has provided assistance to Officer Michael Flamion who was shot on July 8th, 2016, and remains in critical but stable condition.

Officer Flamion is a nine year veteran of law enforcement who joined the Ballwin Police Department in 2014 and previously served with the De Soto Police Department for seven years. He has a long road ahead of him and he, his family, friends, and fellow first responders are in our thoughts and prayers.

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 on our donation page or by mail at the address below.

The BackStoppers
PO Box 795168
St. Louis, MO 63179-0700.

We thank you for your generous support.

Officer Michael Flamion

Officer Mike Flamion
Ballwin Police Department

With the addition of Officer Mike Flamion, we are now assisting 77 families with 63 dependent children and have assisted a total of 156 families since 1959.

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First Responders Meet the Challenge!

President and CEO of Edwin Claude, Inc. Paul Abrams presents the ECI First Responder Membership Challenge donation of $10,000 to BackStoppers Board Member Chief (Ret.) Jerry Lee, Executive Director Chief (Ret.) Ron Battelle, and President Mike Shanahan, Jr.

President and CEO of Edwin-Claude, Inc. Paul Abrams presents a $10,000 donation for the Education Fund from the ECI First Responder Membership Challenge to BackStoppers Board Member Chief (Ret.) Jerry Lee, Executive Director Chief (Ret.) Ron Battelle, and President Mike Shanahan, Jr.

In May of last year, we announced that Mr. Paul Abrams, President and CEO of Edwin-Claude, Inc. had issued a challenge: add 200 new first responder members in 2015, and ECI would donate $10,000 to The BackStoppers Education Fund.  We’re happy to announce first responders stepped up to the challenge and exceeded our goal.  In 2015, we added over 230 new first responder members!

The BackStoppers would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone who made this possible.  Thank you to each and every first responder who became a member last year.  Thank you everyone who helped us spread the word about the Challenge.  Thank you Edwin-Claude, Inc. and Paul Abrams for your great support of our mission and the Education Fund, and for your work to increase awareness of The BackStoppers in our coverage area.

This wonderful support helps us to continue our mission, and we are very grateful.

Read about the BackStoppers Education Fund.

 

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