The BackStoppers is now assisting the family of Officer Brian Pierce, Jr. of the Brooklyn Police Department who died in the line of duty on August 4, 2021 after being fatally struck by a vehicle of a fleeing suspect.
Officer Pierce served with the Brooklyn Police Department for nine months and had previously served with the Spillerton Police Department for two years. Along with his law enforcement service, he was also a Fire Marshal, and he provided service to local first responder departments by installing emergency lights on emergency vehicles.
Officer Pierce was 24 years old. He had a life long passion for public safety and had even joined the Junior Police Academy at 10 years old. He leaves behind a loving family.
We hold everyone who knew and loved Officer Brian Pierce, Jr. in our hearts and our deepest thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, the Brooklyn Police Department and everyone in the community whose lives he touched.
“Our community has been hit with a great loss. Officer Pierce answered the call to becoming a public servant and dedicated his life to protecting and serving his community. We will never forget his ultimate sacrifice and his memory will be honored forever.” -Chief Ron Battelle, BackStoppers Executive Director
The BackStoppers assists approximately 80 families with 70 dependent children and has assisted over 170 families since 1959.
The BackStoppers’ assistance is immediate and ongoing. Following the death of a firefighter, 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