The BackStoppers is now assisting the family of Sgt. Herschel Turner, Jr. of the Moline Acres Police Department who succumbed to injuries sustained when he was apparently struck by another police vehicle during a traffic stop on December 5, 2020.

Sgt. Turner served 22 years as a veteran in law enforcement. He leaves behind his wife and his children.

We hold Sgt. Turner’s family, friends, co-workers and the Moline Acres Police Department in our hearts during this tragic time.

“The dedication to service and protection from Sgt. Herschel Turner will never be forgotten. He will be honored and remembered always. Our deepest thoughts and prayers are going out to all who loved and knew Sgt. Turner.” -Chief Ron Battelle, BackStoppers Executive Director

Sgt. Herschel Turner

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 police 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