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Those We Honor

Assistance for Officer Matt Crosby

Today we are honored to present Officer Matt Crosby with assistance in the amount of $50,000.  Officer Crosby was shot and catastrophically injured in the line of duty while serving with the Rock Hill Police Department.  Officer Crosby has made a tremendous sacrifice for our safety.

Because of the community’s generosity, The BackStoppers is able to continue to provide assistance to families of fallen and catastrophically injured first responders.  Thank you!

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.

Thank you for your support!

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Assisting the Family of Capt. John Kemper

The BackStoppers is now assisting the family of Captain John Kemper of the St. Louis Fire Department who died in the line of duty on July 12, 2017 as a result of injuries sustained battling a structural fire on July 5, 2017.

Capt. Kemper, who was 59-years old, was a 24-year veteran of the St. Louis Fire Department, serving as captain for nearly 10 years.  He leaves behind his wife and adult daughter.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends, and fellow firefighters and co-workers.

Fire Captain John Kemper
St. Louis Fire Department
EOW 7/12/17

With the addition of the family of Capt. John Kemper, we are now assisting 82 families with 66 dependent children and have assisted 161 families since 1959.

The BackStoppers’ assistance is immediate and ongoing.  Following the death of a firefighter, 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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Faces of The BackStoppers

Faces of The BackStoppers is a moving new video showcasing the families we assist and how your support has impacted their lives.  Help us raise awareness of the need to support the families of fallen heroes by sharing the video today.

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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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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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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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