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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 school. […]
January 6, 2018

From a Competitive Training Program to a Fulfilling Career

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You met Whitney Neal, daughter of St. Louis County Police Detective Willie Neal, Jr., EOW 1/29/97, last year. When Whitney was featured in the June 2016 issue of The BackStoppers newsletter, she was enrolled in a competitive Pathologists’ Assistant program and looking ahead to her […]
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.  Held […]
October 1, 2017

The Voices of BackStoppers: Madison Kowalski

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Today is the nine-year anniversary of the death of Sgt. Jeffry Kowalski of St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, EOW 10/01/08. His daughter, Madison, shares her father’s legacy and how she finds strength after the unimaginable. “It's going on 10 years now. A decade. Think of […]
September 11, 2017

There is Always Hope

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Elizabeth Snyder and her family are starting a new chapter of life accompanied with challenges and change. Courageously she remains to shine a light and honor her husband, Officer Blake Snyder of the St. Louis County Police Department, EOW 10/06/2016. Months have passed since Blake […]
August 9, 2017

A Meaningful Journey

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Jeremy Branson, the son of fallen hero, Officer James Branson, Jr., EOW 3/9/03, is about to start his senior year at Saint Louis University. Jeremy is majoring in Psychology with a minor in African Studies and pre-law. Upon graduation, he plans to attend the Howard […]
July 28, 2017

Continuing a Legacy of Service

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Ralph Tatoian, Jr. has started his journey of service by recently graduating Basic Training at, “Sand Hill” Fort Benning, Georgia. He is continuing to display the bravery and courage shown by his father, Trooper Ralph Tatoian of Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop C, EOW 4/20/2005. […]
July 13, 2017

Assisting the Family of Capt. John Kemper

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The BackStoppers is now assisting the family of Captain John Kemper of the St. Louis Fire Department who died in the line of duty on July 12, 2017 as a result of injuries sustained battling a structural fire on July 5, 2017. Capt. Kemper, who was 59-years old, was […]
February 16, 2017

Faces of The BackStoppers

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Faces of The BackStoppers is a moving new video showcasing the families we assist and how your support has impacted their lives.  Help us raise awareness of the need to support the families of fallen heroes by sharing the video today. Thank you for your support!
December 14, 2016

Congratulations, Joe Strehl!

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Joe Strehl, son of fallen hero Det. Stephen Strehl EOW 11/19/93, graduated from the St. Louis County Police Academy last night.  Congratulations, Joe!  We're honored to have been a part of your journey to becoming an officer with the St. Louis County Police Department.  You […]