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 a 24-year veteran of the St. Louis Fire Department, serving as captain for nearly 10 years. He leaves behind his wife and adult daughter. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends, and fellow firefighters and co-workers.
Fire Captain John Kemper
St. Louis Fire Department
With the addition of the family of Capt. John Kemper, we are now assisting 82 families with 66 dependent children and have assisted 161 families since 1959.
The BackStoppers’ assistance is immediate and ongoing. Following the death of a firefighter, his or her family receives a check for $5,000 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
Brielle and Nora Sage’s Lemonade Stand raised $785 for The BackStoppers and $785 for Officer Mike Flamion for a grand total of $1,570!
When 7-year old Brielle and 5-year old Nora Sage decided they wanted to organize a lemonade stand, their mother, Cindy, listed five choices for donating the funds. Brielle asked if they could split what they raised between The BackStoppers and Officer Flamion, and they went to work.
The two girls took on every task – making signs, juicing lemons, shopping for supplies, and cleaning up during and after the fundraiser in addition to serving customers for four hours on a hot summer day. The Cottleville Fire Protection District was kind enough to stop by with a commercial fan and other supplies to help beat the heat, and many area first responders purchased lemonade throughout the day.
When Brielle and Nora Sage presented BackStoppers with their donation of $785, they were surprised with a big turnout from both the Ladue Police Department and the Ladue Fire Department. The girls had a blast sitting in the fire truck, turning on the lights, and wearing headsets to communicate with one another and Fire Chief Steven Lynn. They got to try out the hose and infrared camera, and even took a trip around the parking lot in the truck.
Thank you Brielle and Nora Sage for your hard work and generous support of our mission! Your donation will help us help families of fallen first responders. We also wish to thank everyone who supported the lemonade stand.
Thank you to both Chief Rich Wooten & the Ladue Police Department and Chief Steven Lynn, Asst. Chief Jeff Johnson, & the Ladue Fire Department for taking the time to show Brielle and Nora Sage how much their efforts are appreciated!Read More
When Roderick and Victoria and each of their siblings were tasked with deciding on a project to complete this summer, Roderick chose organizing a lemonade stand and donating the proceeds to BackStoppers. 7-year old Roderick and 4-year old Victoria worked the lemonade stand all morning and then afternoon long on a hot day earlier this week and raised $110.00!
We were lucky enough to meet Roderick and Victoria at our office where they presented us and officers with the Frontenac Police Department with their donation. The two impressed us with their concern for public servants and families of fallen first responders. Roderick and Victoria received gifts of goodie bags from the Frontenac Police Department, and Victoria spent the rest of her day talking excitedly about having met the police officers.
Thank you Roderick and Victoria for supporting The BackStoppers and honoring our area’s police officers, firefighters, and paramedics and EMTs with your lemonade stand!Read More
The BackStoppers is now assisting the family of Firefighter/Engineer Larry W. Lawhorn of the Orchard Farm Fire Protection District who died in the line of duty on May 3, 2015 while en route to a structure fire in Portage des Sioux.
Firefighter Lawhorn was a 17 year member of OFFPD and served with the St. Charles Fire Protection District 19 years prior to his time with Orchard Farm. He is survived by his wife and two adult children, one of whom serves as a firefighter in our region.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Firefighter Lawhorn’s family, friends, and co-workers.
Firefighter/Engineer Larry Lawhorn
Orchard Farm Fire Protection District