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Congratulations, Joe Strehl!

Joe Strehl, son of fallen hero Det. Stephen Strehl EOW 11/19/93, graduated from the St. Louis County Police Academy last night.  Congratulations, Joe!  We’re honored to have been a part of your journey to becoming an officer with the St. Louis County Police Department.  You have accomplished a great deal, and will be a fantastic officer.  Thank you for giving back to The BackStoppers and allowing us to share your successes.  We wish you the very best of luck in your new career!

Photo Credit US Deptartment of Justice DEA St. Louis Division



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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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Roderick and Victoria Support The BackStoppers!

When Roderick and Victoria and each of their siblings were tasked with deciding on a project to complete this summer, Roderick chose organizing a lemonade stand and donating the proceeds to BackStoppers. 7-year old Roderick and 4-year old Victoria worked the lemonade stand all morning and then afternoon long on a hot day earlier this week and raised $110.00!

Roderick and Victoria present their check for $110.00 with big sister Anna Rose to The BackStoppers Executive Director Chief Ron Battelle and Frontenac Police Officers

Roderick and Victoria present a check $110 with big sister Anna Rose to The BackStoppers Executive Director Chief Ron Battelle and Frontenac Police Officers

We were lucky enough to meet Roderick and Victoria at our office where they presented us and officers with the Frontenac Police Department with their donation. The two impressed us with their concern for public servants and families of fallen first responders. Roderick and Victoria received gifts of goodie bags from the Frontenac Police Department, and Victoria spent the rest of her day talking excitedly about having met the police officers.

Roderick and Victoria having fun selling lemonade for BackStoppers

Roderick and Victoria having fun selling lemonade

Roderick and Victoria's Lemonade Stand

Roderick and Victoria’s Lemonade Stand

Thank you Roderick and Victoria for supporting The BackStoppers and honoring our area’s police officers, firefighters, and paramedics and EMTs with your lemonade stand!

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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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Heartfelt Words of Thanks

Last week, we learned that Joshua Ballman, son of fallen Officer Tom Ballman, had written a beautiful letter thanking The Corner Pub & Grill family of restaurants for their support of The BackStoppers.  We were very touched by his kind words.  It quickly became clear Joshua’s letter had a big impact on the community.  Comments of support and gratitude poured in on social media.  Many took time out of their day to share memories of Officer Ballman and tell Joshua he and his family remain in their thoughts.

The Corner Pub & Grill co-owner Brant Baldanza was no exception.  He recently posted his heartfelt response, which we’re happy to share here-

The Corner Pub & Grill Letter to Joshua Balllman

Letter from The Corner Pub & Grill family of restaurants thanking Joshua Ballman, son of fallen Officer Tom Ballman EOW 2/7/08.

We’re grateful to have the support of Brant Baldanza, Jon Fogarty, and everyone in The Corner Pub & Grill family to help us continue our mission.

It is an honor to help Joshua and his family.  He’s a wonderful person, of whom we’re very proud.  Joshua’s letter written from the heart is included here-

Joshua Ballman's Letter to The Corner Pub & Grill

Letter from Joshua Ballman, son of fallen Officer Tom Ballman EOW 2/7/08, thanking The Corner Pub & Grill family of restaurants for their great support of The BackStoppers

Officer Tom Ballman was killed in the line of duty on February 7th, 2008 when a man opened fire on a City Council meeting in Kirkwood, MO.  After fatally shooting Sgt. Biggs outside, the gunman entered the meeting and approached and shot Officer Ballman.  The man then killed three others and wounded two more.  Officer Ballman had served with the Kirkwood Police Department for 9 years and was the department’s spokesperson and community service officer.  He had previously served with the St. Charles County Sheriff’s Department for two years.  He is survived by his wife, son, and daughter.  We are eternally grateful to Officer Tom Ballman for making the ultimate sacrifice for our safety.

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Assisting the Family of Officer Ronald Strittmatter

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

Officer Ronald Strittmatter
Lakeshire Police Department
EOW 1/3/15

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.

 

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Assisting the Family of Sgt. Peggy Vassallo

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

Sgt. Peggy Vassallo
Bellefontaine Neighbors Police Department
EOW 8/24/15

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