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Daddy Daughter Garage Sale raises $233 for BackStoppers!

Alana Wilson and Det. Juan Wilson with the St. Charles City Police Department showed their support for The BackStoppers this summer by donating the proceeds from their Daddy Daughter Garage Sale.  The fundraiser totaled $233.00.

Garage Sale

Alana Wilson and Det. Juan Wilson with the St. Charles City Police Department present their Garage Sale check of $233 to The BackStoppers Executive Director Chief Ron Battelle

Alana and Juan spent the Saturday of their garage sale staying cool under a tent, spending time together before the school year starts, and raising funds for and awareness of BackStoppers.  We are grateful for this support of our mission and to have met Alana and Juan.

Thank you for helping us help families of fallen first responders!

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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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Roderick and Victoria Support The BackStoppers!

When Roderick and Victoria and each of their siblings were tasked with deciding on a project to complete this summer, Roderick chose organizing a lemonade stand and donating the proceeds to BackStoppers. 7-year old Roderick and 4-year old Victoria worked the lemonade stand all morning and then afternoon long on a hot day earlier this week and raised $110.00!

Roderick and Victoria present their check for $110.00 with big sister Anna Rose to The BackStoppers Executive Director Chief Ron Battelle and Frontenac Police Officers

Roderick and Victoria present a check $110 with big sister Anna Rose to The BackStoppers Executive Director Chief Ron Battelle and Frontenac Police Officers

We were lucky enough to meet Roderick and Victoria at our office where they presented us and officers with the Frontenac Police Department with their donation. The two impressed us with their concern for public servants and families of fallen first responders. Roderick and Victoria received gifts of goodie bags from the Frontenac Police Department, and Victoria spent the rest of her day talking excitedly about having met the police officers.

Roderick and Victoria having fun selling lemonade for BackStoppers

Roderick and Victoria having fun selling lemonade

Roderick and Victoria's Lemonade Stand

Roderick and Victoria’s Lemonade Stand

Thank you Roderick and Victoria for supporting The BackStoppers and honoring our area’s police officers, firefighters, and paramedics and EMTs with your lemonade stand!

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Team BackStoppers is Ready to Ride

Team BackStoppers is ready for RAGBRAI XLIV!

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 Members fueling up

Team BackStoppers Members fueling up

Members of Team BackStoppers during RAGBRAI 2015

Members of Team BackStoppers during RAGBRAI 2015

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.

Jacob Ward and Chief Battelle

Team BackStoppers Member Jacob Ward with The BackStoppers Executive Director Chief Ron Battelle

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.

Team BackStoppers

Team BackStoppers

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Ashtynn’s Lemonade Stand for BackStoppers

Ashtynn's Lemonade Stand

Ashtynn at her lemonade stand for BackStoppers

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.

Ashtynn's Lemonade Stand

Area paramedics supporting Ashtynn’s Lemonade Stand for BackStoppers

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 Lemonade Check Presentation

Ashtynn presents check for $1,105.05 to The BackStoppers Executive Director Chief Ron Battelle, Frontenac Assistant Fire Chief Marc Ulses, Frontenac Police Chief Tom Becker, Lt. Craig Picha, and Officer Bryant Wuertz.

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!

Ashtynn's Lemonade Stand

High Ridge Fire Department supporting Ashtynn’s Lemonade Stand for BackStoppers

 

 

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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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Introducing The BackStoppers Newsletter

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.

Newsletter Volume 1 Issue 1 Front and Back Cover

Front and Back Cover

Newsletter Volume 1 Issue 1 Inside Pages

Inside Pages

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

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Thank you, Caravus!

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.

Caravus

Caravus Managing Partner J.J. Flotken (left) and Chairman Paul Flotken (right) present a check for $10,00 to BackStoppers Executive Director Chief Ron Battelle (center).

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!

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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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Scarecrow Supports The BackStoppers

Scarecrow InteriorIn 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.

Scarecrow 2016

The BackStoppers Executive Director Chief Ron Battelle accepts $1,700 Donation Shamrock fundraiser total from Scarecrow Co-owner Shawn Mulholland.

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