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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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Guns ‘N Hoses Raises $653,000

Guns ‘N Hoses has made the largest donation in its 30-year history, raising $653,000 for The BackStoppers!  In all, Guns ‘N Hoses has raised a total $6.1 million since 1987.  We recognize this incredible support is because of a very dedicated team who put in a lot of hard work and give much of their time each fall.  We are very thankful for everyone on the Guns ‘N Hoses committee, every first responder who trains the long hours needed to participate in the fights, and all the sponsors of the event.  We’re so grateful for the crowd at Scottrade Center on Thanksgiving Eve year after year, and, especially, this past year for the 30th Anniversary.

These funds will provide assistance to the 81 families with 66 children we currently assist.  This donation will go a long way in helping us to care for the families of the fallen, helping to alleviate the burden of losing a loved one serving our community.  We provide roughly $1.5 million in assistance each year; eliminating debt, covering health care costs, assisting with tuition from day care through university, and more.  Our assistance is possible because of the great support of our caring community, and this year’s Guns ‘N Hoses donation is a fantastic example of this commitment to our mission.

Our most sincere thanks to every single person who made this possible.  Guns ‘N Hoses, we’re excited for what the 31st Annual Event has in store.  Thank you for 30th years of great support!

St. Louis Guns ‘N Hoses presents The BackStoppers with a $653,000 check, proceeds from the 30th Annual Budweiser Guns ‘N Hoses. Pictured are BackStoppers Executive Director Chief Ron Battelle, Mayor of St. Louis The Honorable Francis Slay, Guns ‘N Hoses Boxing Association President David Stokes, Guns ‘N Hoses Board Member Jack Martorelli, St. Louis County Executive The Honorable Steve Stenger, BackStoppers President Mike Shanahan, Jr., and Guns ‘N Hoses Promoter Steve Holley.

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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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Newsletter Volume 1, Issue 2

The second issue of The BackStoppers Newsletter has mailed!  Read about three families who’ve benefited from The BackStoppers’ assistance, a local firefighter who’s giving back and going pro, and more in Volume 1, Issue 2.

We wish to thank Jerry Kiske, Jr and Mulligan Printing, Firefighter Dave Marlo and the Professional Firefighters of Eastern Missouri IAFF Local 2665 , Repco Solutions, and everyone who shared their story with us to make this issue possible.

If you would like your street address added to our newsletter mailing list, please contact us at backstoppers@backstoppers.org.

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Woodard’s Raffle Even Bigger than Before

Woodard Cleaning and RestorationWoodard’s Raffle is back!  And it’s even bigger than before.  Woodard Cleaning and Restoration’s 2016 raffle drawing is this Monday, November 21st.  That means there is not much time left to get your tickets for some of the greatest raffle prizes to be offered in one single fundraiser.  This dedicated group hopes to far exceed last year’s total raised.  You can help them out by purchasing a chance to win a Yeti Tundra Cooler, Stainless Steel Gas Grill, and more.  Take a look at what Woodard has to say about their raffle that supports the families of fallen heroes:

Woodard Raffle Flyer“Woodard is dedicated to partnering with The BackStoppers in our biggest fundraiser of the year because we have such close relationships with first responders in St. Louis and surrounding areas. We feel the pain when one of these heroes is lost or severely injured, and admire the work that The BackStoppers organization does to support these heroes and their families. Through our raffle fundraiser and our Guns ‘N Hoses sponsorship, we raise tens of thousands of dollars each year for this wonderful organization, and we plan to continue our support in the future. Last year’s raffle raised almost $30,000 for The BackStoppers, and our goal this year is to raise $50,000. To help foster our efforts this year, we have partnered with local Fire Protection Districts, Police Departments, businesses, and our Woodard staff to sell raffle tickets, with all proceeds going directly to The BackStoppers and Guns ‘N Hoses.”

Get your tickets in these final three days before Monday’s big drawing, and catch Ring of Champions sponsor Woodard Restoration in the ring at Budweiser Guns ‘N Hoses on Thanksgiving Eve presenting their check to support our mission.

Visit Woodard Cleaning and Restoration’s Facebook page for more information and photos from last year’s raffle drawing celebration.  Contact the Woodard Team at (314) 300-9567, at their website, or on Facebook for details to purchase tickets.  Tickets are only $10 each or 6 for $50.  Check out some of the great prizes below!

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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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Answer Deputy Gardner’s Call to Action!

Deputy Larry Gardner, Monroe County IL Sheriff's Department

Deputy Larry Gardner, Monroe County IL Sheriff’s Department

Deputy Larry Gardner with the Monroe County IL Sheriff’s Department has supported our mission for over a decade with the Monroe County BackStoppers.  Then, during last year’s first-ever BackStoppers Member Drive, Larry joined.  He didn’t stop there.  He took to social media calling on friends, family, co-workers, and his community to support BackStoppers through a gift of membership, to Become a BackStopper.

We asked Deputy Gardner to talk about his dedication to our cause.  It’s fitting that he immediately thought of his local group, the Monroe County BackStoppers, and their commitment to our mission that shows in the annual Trivia Nights and other BackStoppers events.  Read what Deputy Larry Gardner has to say about his decision to join The BackStoppers:

I have been involved with the BackStoppers organization for a little over 12 years.  Some of our Officers, Firefighters, Medics, and spouses formed the Monroe County BackStoppers.  Our committee works hard annually to raise money for BackStoppers.  To date, we have raised just over $234,000.00.

Even with the great success of our efforts, I felt a need to do more.  During last year’s membership drive, I became a member of The BackStoppers.  I think it is so important to support this great organization, knowing if something happens to me in the line of duty, they will be there to take care of my family.

I have worked closely with their staff for the last 12 years and can’t say enough about their passion for this organization.  I guess their passion has infected me.

So this year please consider becoming a member of the BackStoppers.  I did and you can too!

Deputy Larry Gardner
Monroe County IL Sheriff’s Dept.
Proud BackStopper’s Member

We’re very fortunate to be supported by dedicated and proud members such as Deputy Gardner and the Monroe County BackStoppers.  The membership funds we receive help us provide about $1.5 million in assistance annually.  When you become a BackStopper, you know you are playing a part in supporting families who’ve lost a loved one in the line of duty.  This year, we have begun providing assistance to the families of three fallen heroes and have provided assistance to two officers catastrophically injured in the line of duty.  Joining, renewing, and calling your friends and family to action helps us in our cause.

Join this week during the final days of our Member Drive to help us care for 80 families of fallen heroes with 66 dependent children.  Answer Deputy Larry Gardner’s call to action; become a BackStopper today.  He did and you can, too!

Monroe County BackStoppers

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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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Griffin and Levi Support The BackStoppers!

Griffin and LeviOn a hot Saturday in early September, 5-year old Griffin put on his police officer uniform, loaded up his patrol car, and set out for Frontier Park with 2-year old brother, Levi.  Together the boys spent the day selling ice cream to raise funds for BackStoppers.  Their hard work paid off.  By the end of the day, they had raised a total $401.oo for the families of fallen heroes!

Griffin and Levi visited our office to present Executive Director Chief Ron Battelle and St. Charles Police Chief Randy McKindley with their donation.  They dressed for the occasion in their police officer and firefighter uniforms.  When Chief McKinley asked the boys who came up with the idea for the fundraiser, Griffin said it had been his idea.  He had come up with the idea on his own and, with Levi, had a lot of fun selling ice cream in the park.

Griffin and Levi present a check for $401.00 to St. Charles Police Chief Randy McKinley and The BackStoppers Executive Director Chief Ron Battelle

Griffin and Levi present a check for $401.00 to St. Charles Police Chief Randy McKinley and The BackStoppers Executive Director Chief Ron Battelle

Thank you Griffin and Levi for your hard work raising funds for the families of the fallen!  Thank you to Griffin and Levi’s family and everyone who supported their fundraiser. We are very grateful for this support of our mission that helps us to continue our cause.

Griffin

Griffin

 

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Griffin Levi

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