The BackStoppers is now assisting the family of Auxiliary Officer Ricardo Davis of the Washington Park Police Department who died in the line of duty on October 27, 2018 as a result of injuries sustained when he fell from the Poplar Street Bridge during a foot pursuit.
Auxiliary Officer Ricardo Davis, was 44-years old. He served with the Washington Park Police Department for one year. He left behind six children. Our thoughts and prayers are with Auxiliary Officer Davis’ family, friends, and fellow officers and co-workers.
The BackStoppers assists about 80 families with 65 dependent children and has assisted over 160 families since 1959.
The BackStoppers’ assistance is immediate and ongoing. Following the death of an officer, his or her family receives a check for $10,000 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
Our 2018 Fall Member Drive is officially here! Throughout the entire month of October new benefits will be included when you join or renew your membership, along with an invitation to our Annual Membership Dinner in 2019! At an Individual membership level you will receive a brand new BackStoppers canvas tote, Family Memberships will receive a newly designed BackStoppers hat, and Community Partners will receive a BackStoppers golf towel. Joined or renewed memberships will be valid throughout the remainder of 2018 and 2019.
Supporting our mission through membership has a direct impact on the families we assist. When you give through membership you are helping families of fallen heroes by paying off all debt, providing health and dental insurance, and assisting with the costs of elementary, secondary, and college/vocational education.
“Coping with the loss of a parent at nine years old was the hardest thing I have ever had to do. I felt so alone and had no idea how I was going to get through life with this pain. However, my family found hope when BackStoppers stepped in to help. They showed us light at the end of a very dark tunnel. Through BackStoppers, my mom’s financial burden was taken off of her.” -Megan Morrison, Daughter of Capt. Robert Morrison EOW 5/4/02
BackStoppers provides over $1.5 million in assistance each year. 90% of our budget is spent on the assistance we provide, and 10% is spent on administrative expenses. Help ease the suffering of families of the fallen, and become a BackStopper today.