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August 12, 2019

“We Continue to Keep His Legacy Alive”

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May 3, 2019 marked the 17th anniversary of the deaths of the St. Louis Fire Department’s Capt. Derek Martin and Capt. Robert Morrison. Both brave men lost their lives battling the same fire and leaving behind their spouses and children. Today their children have […]
June 10, 2019

Assisting the Family of Firefighter Paramedic Chris Moore

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The BackStoppers is now assisting the family of Firefighter Paramedic Chris Moore of the Maryland Heights Fire Protection District who died in the line of duty on June 8, 2019 as a result of suffering a medical emergency. Firefighter Paramedic Moore served with the […]
January 25, 2019

One Mission. One Night. Legendary Impact

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For 32 years, Budweiser Guns ‘N Hoses has captivated both the first responder and boxing communities, bringing the two groups together in epic bouts. Just like the Gateway Arch, St. Louis proudly claims Budweiser Guns ‘N Hoses as its own monumental tradition, an awe-inspiring […]
December 31, 2018

Tradition of Heart and Community: The Jordan Family

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Officer Robert Jordan served in the Divisions of Patrol, Operational Support and Criminal Investigation for the St. Louis Police Department. He was also a Police Recruiter and received numerous letters of commendation and appreciation from the department and the community he served. Husband to […]
December 27, 2018

A Lineage of Public Service

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On April 30, 1977, St. Louis County Police Officer James Reifschneider was conducting a traffic stop when he was struck by a motorist and killed, leaving behind his wife, Sue Reifschneider, and their three children.  The BackStoppers immediately began assisting the Reifschneider family.  Now, […]
October 28, 2018

Assisting the Family of Auxiliary Officer Ricardo Davis

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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 […]
July 11, 2018

Legacies in the Making

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The word “legacy” is often used to describe that which is passed on from generation to generation.  Lin-Manuel Miranda captured the essence of the word when he wrote that a legacy is “planting seeds in a garden you never get to see”.  The brave […]
July 5, 2018

Setting S.A.I.L. For Service

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On November 5, 2008, Darnita Riggins’ world was turned upside down when her husband was killed in the line of duty. Capt. Leonard Riggins, Sr. of the St. Louis Fire Department was shot and killed when he stopped on his way home in uniform […]
January 26, 2018

First and Goal

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Like many kids, Cole Ziegler, son of fallen hero Deputy Sheriff Steven Ziegler, EOW 09/30/01, dreamed of playing football. He has loved the sport since he was old enough to catch a football, and attended every high school game he could while in grade […]
December 28, 2017

Family and Friends Honor Officer Snyder

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This fall, Dr. Adam Snyder organized a golf tournament honoring the memory of his younger brother, fallen hero Officer Blake Snyder.  Dedicated friends Pat and Kim Lawrence, Wesley Strowmatt, and Toby Henesey made up the organizing committee, and the event was a fantastic success.  […]