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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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CCMSI Raises $10,000 for BackStoppers!

CCMSI, a small company with a big heart, organized a silent auction and raised $10,000 for The BackStoppers!  Moved to show their gratitude to law enforcement and our area’s first responders, CCMSI held the auction for employees over two days.  This generous support of our mission will go a long way to help us help the families of fallen police officers, firefighters, and EMS personnel who die or are catastrophically injured in the line of duty.  Thank you to everyone at CCMSI for your dedication to our cause!

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Dawn Schell, Jacklyn McNatt, Scott Hanten and Michelle Probert with CCMSI present a check for $10,000 to The BackStoppers Executive Director Chief Ron Battelle and Fire Chief (Ret.) Jim Silvernail

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2nd Annual Member Drive Starts Today

Our 2nd Annual Membership Drive is here! The drive begins September 15th and runs through October 15th, 2016. Join or renew now and your membership is valid for the remainder of 2016 and all of 2017. We’ve introduced new items or increased the benefits for each and every level.  Plus, we’re offering a special opportunity to Platinum members.

Member Drive 2016

This year, we began assisting four new families, increasing the total number of families we assist to 79.  Now is the time to help.  Your membership helps fund our assistance with such things as mortgage payments, health insurance, tuition, and more.  You can support our 2nd Annual Member Drive, help us continue our mission, and honor our community’s first responders by joining or renewing today.

We are very grateful for your support.  Thank you for your dedication to our cause!

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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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Bulltown’s Biggest Year

The 5th Annual Bulltown Run for BackStoppers raised $5,000 in it’s biggest year yet!  This year’s event was held in honor of Paramedic Jonathan Noce, EOW 5/25/2016, whose family The BackStoppers has begun assisting.  Running and walking in his memory were participants aged 8 to 84, including Jonathan Noce’s family.

The run, organized by great BackStoppers supporters BackStoppers of Jefferson County, included two fun new elements this year: the Bulltown bull mascot and a first responder wave.  The Arnold-Imperial Leader included the Bulltown Run for BackStoppers in its most recent publication.  See the full story below.

Thank you to everyone who organizes the Annual Bulltown Run and volunteers their time each year.  Thank you to everyone runner, walker, and first responder wave participant for being a part of this event.  Congratulations on your biggest year, and thank you for supporting our mission!

Arnold-Imperial Leader Article Bulltown Run for BackStoppers

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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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