The Team leaves today for Iowa where they will ride 420 miles across the state in one week on this year’s RAGBRAI course, raising awareness and funds for BackStoppers.
Team BackStoppers member Bob Stuckey stopped in our office last week and let us know everyone is ready and excited, and that the heat shouldn’t be too bad this year. If you can believe the extended forecast, that is.
Team BackStoppers, founded in 2013, is a group of cyclists of all skill levels. These ambassadors on bikes don BackStoppers jerseys for their annual trip to RAGBRAI and while logging miles in Missouri and Illinois all year long. Funds raised by the Team benefit The BackStoppers Education Fund.
Good luck Team BackStoppers! We know you’ll have a very challenging, rewarding, and successful week all while having a lot of fun. Thank you for everything you do for The BackStoppers!
If you would like to help support Team BackStoppers on RAGBRAI XLIV, make a donation today and include “Team BackStoppers” in the comments.Read More
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.
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 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!
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.
PO Box 795168
St. Louis, MO 63179-0700.
We thank you for your generous support.
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.
The first issue of The BackStoppers Newsletter is in the mail! We wish to thank Jerry Kiske, Jr and Mulligan Printing, Firefighter Dave Marlo and the Professional Firefighters of Eastern Missouri IAFF Local 2665, and Heather Hussey for making our first edition possible.
If you would like your street address added to our newsletter mailing list, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.Read More
The BackStoppers has received a generous donation of $10,000 from Caravus! Thank you Chairman Paul Flotken, Managing Partner J.J. Flotken, and Caravus for this great support of our mission.
We are very grateful for this support that helps us to support the 76 families with 63 dependent children we currently assist. Thank you for your dedication to our cause!Read More
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-
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-
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.Read More
In March, Scarecrow asked patrons to “enjoy a pint and raise money for the fallen”. And they did just that. By selling Donation Shamrocks benefiting The BackStoppers at the Chesterfield restaurant, Scarecrow raised $1,700 for families of fallen first responders!
Thank you co-owners Chris Mertz and Shawn Mulholland and everyone at Scarecrow who sold the shamrocks. We are very grateful for this support, which helps us to help those who’ve lost a loved one in the line of duty.
Thank you everyone who supported The BackStoppers through the purchase of a Donation Shamrock this month. You help us to continue our cause of easing the burdens placed on families affected by tragedy.Read More
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.
Last month, OG Hospitality Group raised a fantastic $80,000 for The BackStoppers! OG Hospitality staff members sold BackStoppers Bucks at each of their area restaurants, The Corner Pub & Grill, The Shack Breakfast & Lunch, and The Tavern Kitchen & Bar. Through the generosity of everyone who purchased the BackStoppers Bucks and support from substantial private donors, BackStoppers Month was a great success.
We are very grateful to co-owners Brant Baldanza and John Fogarty, great supporters Mike and Carolyn, the hard working staff, and everyone who supported the fundraiser by purchasing BackStoppers Bucks. Thank you to everyone who helped raise $80,000 in one month! This dedication and continued support helps us to help families of those who’ve made the ultimate sacrifice for our safety.Read More
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
Lakeshire Police Department
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.