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The BackStoppers Receives Record Donation from Guns ‘N Hoses

We’ve received a record breaking $443,836.50 from the 29th Annual Budweiser Guns ‘N Hoses!  This donation brings the total raised since 1987 to an incredible $5.5 million.

Guns 'N Hoses Check Presentation Photo Credit Suzy Gorman

The BackStoppers President Mike Shanahan, Board Member Jack Martorelli, St. Louis Guns ‘N Hoses President David Stokes, Mayor Francis Slay, The BackStoppers Executive Director Chief Ron Battelle, Chief Jon Belmar, Chief Sam Dotson, Budweiser Guns ‘N Hoses Event Coordinator Steve Holley, Chief Dennis Jenkerson at the check presentation ceremony at the Scottrade Center. Photo by Suzy Gorman, suzygormanphoto@aol.com

“Without the support of Guns ‘N Hoses, we would not be able to support the 75 families with 64 children who unfortunately have lost loved ones,” said Chief Ron Battelle, Executive Director of The BackStoppers.  “This donation will allow us to continue to provide the level of support our families need and to be a safety net for those families who lose a family member in the line of duty.”

“We are proud to continue to support the great work being done by The BackStoppers,” said David Stokes, president of the St. Louis Guns ‘N Hoses Boxing Association.  “We hope this donation will make a difference in the lives of those who have lost loved ones in the line of duty.”

We can’t thank Guns ‘N Hoses and everyone involved enough for this great support.  Thank you to everyone who’s joined us on Thanksgiving Eve year after year, all the fighters, and everyone whose time and effort makes this possible.  Your dedication helps us continue our mission of assisting the families of our fallen heroes.

We’ll see you in November at the 30th Annual Budweiser Guns ‘N Hoses!

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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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“Be a Shield” Membership Drive a Success!

We’re happy to announce that our first-ever BackStoppers Membership Drive held throughout the month of June was a success!  Thank you to everyone who joined, renewed, and shared our mission with others.  It is because of your membership, outreach, and support that we’re able to assist the families of our fallen heroes.  We greatly appreciate your support as we continue toward our goal of 3,000 total members by the end of 2016.  We know with your help, we can get there!

ECIThe Edwin-Claude, Inc. First Responder Membership Challenge is still going on!  Mr. Paul Abrams and Edwin-Claude, Inc. have issued a challenge: if we add 200 new first responder members by the end of the year, ECI will donate $10,000 to The BackStoppers Education Fund. We look forward to the challenge and adding these new first responder members, and we thank Paul and Edwin-Claude, Inc. for their generosity and commitment to our mission.

Learn more about becoming a BackStopper here.

We asked BackStoppers supporters to share our mission, posts, and news stories on social media during our June Membership Drive, and we cannot thank you enough for the outpouring of support we saw. Your outreach speaks volumes of your commitment to our mission. Thank you for your dedication! Thank you for helping us to help the families of our fallen heroes.

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Announcing the first-ever BackStoppers Membership Drive!

Beginning on June 1st, we are kicking off our first-ever BackStoppers Membership Drive. The membership drive will take place throughout the month of June, and we’re excited to make this an annual event! There are currently just over 2,000 BackStoppers members. We’ve set a modest goal of increasing membership to 3,000 members by the end of 2016.

ECIWe’re also very pleased to announce the Edwin-Claude, Inc. First Responder Membership Challenge. Mr. Paul Abrams, President and CEO of Edwin-Claude, Inc., has been a great BackStoppers supporter and member for many years. Paul has issued a challenge: if we add 200 new first responder members by the end of the year, ECI will donate $10,000 to The BackStoppers Education Fund. We look forward to the challenge and adding these new first responder members, and we thank Paul and Edwin-Claude, Inc. for their generosity and commitment to our mission.

Read all about our membership drive, who are members are, and the benefits of membership here.

We thank you for your help in spreading the word, raising awareness of our mission and membership drive, and supporting our cause of helping the families of our fallen heroes. In 2014, The BackStoppers provided nearly $1.4 million in assistance to the families we serve. Membership dues totaled almost $600,000. We are so grateful for this generous support. It is this dedication to our mission that helps us to continue to assist the families we serve.

Become a BackStopper today!

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Assisting the Family of City Marshal of Miramiguoa Village Kevin Dziejma

The BackStoppers is now assisting the family of City Marshal of Miramiguoa Village Kevin Dziejma who died in the line of duty on May 18, 2015 during a traffic stop.

Marshal Dziejma served as the City Marshal of Miramiguoa Village for five years.  He is survived by two adult children, one of whom is a law enforcement officer in our coverage area.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Chief Dziejma’s family, friends, and co-workers.

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Chief Kevin Dziejma
City Marshal of Miramiguoa Village
EOW 5/18/15

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Assisting the Family of Firefighter/Engineer Larry W. Lawhorn

The BackStoppers is now assisting the family of Firefighter/Engineer Larry W. Lawhorn of the Orchard Farm Fire Protection District who died in the line of duty on May 3, 2015 while en route to a structure fire in Portage des Sioux.

Firefighter Lawhorn was a 17 year member of OFFPD and served with the St. Charles Fire Protection District 19 years prior to his time with Orchard Farm.  He is survived by his wife and two adult children, one of whom serves as a firefighter in our region.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Firefighter Lawhorn’s family, friends, and co-workers.

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Firefighter/Engineer Larry Lawhorn
Orchard Farm Fire Protection District
EOW 5/3/15

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Welcome to BackStoppers.org

Thank you for your visiting BackStoppers.org!  We’re glad you’re here.  Explore the site to learn about how we help the families of fallen first responders, BackStoppers fundraisers and events, becoming a BackStopper, and more.  Contact us with any questions.      Your support of our mission helps us to continue our cause of supporting the families of our fallen heroes – thank you!

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