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June 11, 2024

Ella Shaffrey

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Ella Shaffrey, daughter of Cedar Hill Fire Battalion Chief Marvin Shaffrey, EOW 11/2/21, is a sophomore in high school whose passions lie within playing the saxophone. Ella plays this expressive instrument in a way that has landed her in prestige local and national events. She […]
June 5, 2024

Warren County BackStoppers Donates $150,000!

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The Warren County BackStoppers presented $150,000 from their 2024 Dinner Auction held in February. The Warren County BackStoppers has raised nearly $1M since 2011! We would like to thank the Warren County BackStoppers committee, sponsors, attendees and speakers that dedicated their time and efforts into making […]
May 2, 2024

Chief Ron Battelle Set to Retire

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After two decades of unwavering dedication as the Executive Director of The BackStoppers, Chief Ron Battelle has announced his retirement, leaving behind a legacy of compassion and support for the families of first responders who have made the ultimate sacrifice or suffered catastrophic injuries in […]
March 25, 2024

OG Hospitality Group Raises $200,000!

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During the month of February OG Hospitality Group held its annual BackStoppers Month benefitting our mission. Every St. Louis Shack Breakfast & Lunch, The Corner Pub & Grill and The Tavern Kitchen & Bar presented customers an opportunity to give to BackStoppers by purchasing a […]
February 7, 2024

Budweiser Guns ‘N Hoses Donates $1 Million for Third Year

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The 36th Annual Budweiser Guns ‘N Hoses presented $1 million dollars to BackStoppers for the third year in a row! Since 1987, Budweiser Guns 'N Hoses has been a foundational part of our mission. Each year we are amazed and touched by the outpouring of generosity […]
January 11, 2024

Firefighter Lane Carl Supports BackStoppers Through “Yeah, I Can Do That” Children’s Book

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Sixteen years ago, Lane Carl was a high school art teacher looking for a career change when she was encouraged to pursue a career in firefighting. She is now in her third year as a firefighter serving Rock Community Fire Protection District. Firefighter Carl was […]
January 4, 2024

The Education Fund

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From daycare through university, our assistance and commitment to helping the children of fallen heroes will never waver. Educational costs and expenses continue to rise, and we understand the financial toll that takes on a family. We are honored to assist and be a part […]
December 28, 2023

Annette Jansen: Strong Line Counseling LLC

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BackStoppers surviving spouse Annette Jansen has begun an exciting new chapter with opening her own private counseling service, Strong Line Counseling LLC. “I am the surviving spouse of St. Charles Police Officer Grant Jansen, who was killed in the line of duty on September 10, 2008.  […]
December 20, 2023

Tori Moore

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Tori Moore, daughter of Maryland Heights Firefighter Paramedic Chris Moore, EOW 6/8/19, has been on an equestrian journey. Tori and her horse, Ledoux, have developed a steadfast relationship and excel in horseback riding competitions, especially barrel racing. Tori shares what brought her to horses, the […]
December 15, 2023

We are Now Assisting the Families of Correctional Officer I Kelly Rolando and Functional Unit Manager Jason Pulliam

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We are now assisting the family of Functional Unit Manager Jason Pulliam who died in the line of duty on October 15, 2021 after battling COVID-19. Functional Unit Manager Pulliam was 49 years old and had served with the Missouri Department of Corrections for 27 years. […]