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Member Drive

2018 Fall Member Drive is Here!

Our 2018 Fall Member Drive is officially here! Throughout the entire month of October new benefits will be included when you join or renew your membership, along with an invitation to our Annual Membership Dinner in 2019! At an Individual membership level you will receive a brand new BackStoppers canvas tote, Family Memberships will receive a newly designed BackStoppers hat, and Community Partners will receive a BackStoppers golf towel. Joined or renewed memberships will be valid throughout the remainder of 2018 and 2019.

Supporting our mission through membership has a direct impact on the families we assist. When you give through membership you are helping families of fallen heroes by paying off all debt, providing health and dental insurance, and assisting with the costs of elementary, secondary, and college/vocational education.

“Coping with the loss of a parent at nine years old was the hardest thing I have ever had to do. I felt so alone and had no idea how I was going to get through life with this pain. However, my family found hope when BackStoppers stepped in to help. They showed us light at the end of a very dark tunnel. Through BackStoppers, my mom’s financial burden was taken off of her.” -Megan Morrison, Daughter of Capt. Robert Morrison EOW 5/4/02

BackStoppers provides over $1.5 million in assistance each year. 90% of our budget is spent on the assistance we provide, and 10% is spent on administrative expenses.  Help ease the suffering of families of the fallen, and become a BackStopper today.


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Becoming a BackStopper at Ameren

Our friends at the Ameren Corporation are encouraging their employees to support our mission by becoming BackStoppers. The company is organizing an internal campaign whose goal is to generate BackStoppers memberships.

We were honored to attend the launch of the Ameren Member Drive, where passing employees could learn more about what it means to become a BackStopper. Among the guests, were Cindy Ballman, surviving spouse of Officer Tom Ballman who was killed during the tragic Kirkwood City Hall shooting. Also present was  Pippy, a K9 from St. Louis County.  

Tim Reagan who is  on the Board of Directors for BackStoppers, and also head of security at Ameren had this to say about what the BackStoppers means to him:

“During my 35 years with the St. Louis Police Department, 17 St. Louis Metropolitan Police Offices were killed in the line-of-duty.  The pain and uncertain future experienced by the families of those officers was heartbreaking. First responders have immense respect for other first responders and for every one of those 17 tragic deaths the BackStoppers was one of the first to respond.  The support the BackStoppers provided to those families in terms of bringing financial certainty cannot be overstated.”

We would like to thank Ameren for their incredible dedication to our mission. These memberships provide unlimited help to the families of our fallen heroes. We could not do what we do without the support from this community.

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Gerding Enterprises Gives Back

Our friends at Gerding Enterprises have shown incredible support to the BackStoppers over the last couple of years. Last year, they held their 1st Annual BackStoppers BBQ which raised over $12,000!  The 2nd Annual BackStoppers BBQ will take place on  October 7th at the VFW in Cedar Hill, Missouri.  

Chuck Gerding shares more about his company and what inspires him to support the BackStoppers.


“We have a family owned Aerospace company that was started in 1960 by my parents. Every year we have a company picnic and we do our own cooking for this event. It started out as feeding 20-25 people and has since grown to approximately 300 people per year.

After 911, as with all Americans, it cut me to the core. I was too old to join the service so the only thing I could come up with was to have a custom pit designed and dedicate it to our First Responders and our Veterans. I saw the films of the First Responders charging up to the top of the towers while everyone was running down trying to save their lives. That sight is etched in my mind forever. So I wanted to do something for the men and women who make us safe home and abroad.

I decided to get involved with BackStoppers to do our little part to give back to these heroic people that when asked will always say ‘I was just doing my job’.

God Bless them and their families.”



We’re excited to announce the 2017 Fall Member Drive! Join or renew during the month of October, and receive new benefits while helping families of fallen heroes.

Last year, we provided $3 million in assistance to families of fallen heroes. Now is the time to join. Help ease the suffering of families of the fallen, and become a BackStopper today.













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Answer Deputy Gardner’s Call to Action!

Deputy Larry Gardner, Monroe County IL Sheriff's Department

Deputy Larry Gardner, Monroe County IL Sheriff’s Department

Deputy Larry Gardner with the Monroe County IL Sheriff’s Department has supported our mission for over a decade with the Monroe County BackStoppers.  Then, during last year’s first-ever BackStoppers Member Drive, Larry joined.  He didn’t stop there.  He took to social media calling on friends, family, co-workers, and his community to support BackStoppers through a gift of membership, to Become a BackStopper.

We asked Deputy Gardner to talk about his dedication to our cause.  It’s fitting that he immediately thought of his local group, the Monroe County BackStoppers, and their commitment to our mission that shows in the annual Trivia Nights and other BackStoppers events.  Read what Deputy Larry Gardner has to say about his decision to join The BackStoppers:

I have been involved with the BackStoppers organization for a little over 12 years.  Some of our Officers, Firefighters, Medics, and spouses formed the Monroe County BackStoppers.  Our committee works hard annually to raise money for BackStoppers.  To date, we have raised just over $234,000.00.

Even with the great success of our efforts, I felt a need to do more.  During last year’s membership drive, I became a member of The BackStoppers.  I think it is so important to support this great organization, knowing if something happens to me in the line of duty, they will be there to take care of my family.

I have worked closely with their staff for the last 12 years and can’t say enough about their passion for this organization.  I guess their passion has infected me.

So this year please consider becoming a member of the BackStoppers.  I did and you can too!

Deputy Larry Gardner
Monroe County IL Sheriff’s Dept.
Proud BackStopper’s Member

We’re very fortunate to be supported by dedicated and proud members such as Deputy Gardner and the Monroe County BackStoppers.  The membership funds we receive help us provide about $1.5 million in assistance annually.  When you become a BackStopper, you know you are playing a part in supporting families who’ve lost a loved one in the line of duty.  This year, we have begun providing assistance to the families of three fallen heroes and have provided assistance to two officers catastrophically injured in the line of duty.  Joining, renewing, and calling your friends and family to action helps us in our cause.

Join this week during the final days of our Member Drive to help us care for 80 families of fallen heroes with 66 dependent children.  Answer Deputy Larry Gardner’s call to action; become a BackStopper today.  He did and you can, too!

Monroe County BackStoppers

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2nd Annual Member Drive Starts Today

Our 2nd Annual Membership Drive is here! The drive begins September 15th and runs through October 15th, 2016. Join or renew now and your membership is valid for the remainder of 2016 and all of 2017. We’ve introduced new items or increased the benefits for each and every level.  Plus, we’re offering a special opportunity to Platinum members.

Member Drive 2016

This year, we began assisting four new families, increasing the total number of families we assist to 79.  Now is the time to help.  Your membership helps fund our assistance with such things as mortgage payments, health insurance, tuition, and more.  You can support our 2nd Annual Member Drive, help us continue our mission, and honor our community’s first responders by joining or renewing today.

We are very grateful for your support.  Thank you for your dedication to our cause!

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“Be a Shield” Membership Drive a Success!

We’re happy to announce that our first-ever BackStoppers Membership Drive held throughout the month of June was a success!  Thank you to everyone who joined, renewed, and shared our mission with others.  It is because of your membership, outreach, and support that we’re able to assist the families of our fallen heroes.  We greatly appreciate your support as we continue toward our goal of 3,000 total members by the end of 2016.  We know with your help, we can get there!

ECIThe Edwin-Claude, Inc. First Responder Membership Challenge is still going on!  Mr. Paul Abrams and Edwin-Claude, Inc. have issued a challenge: if we add 200 new first responder members by the end of the year, ECI will donate $10,000 to The BackStoppers Education Fund. We look forward to the challenge and adding these new first responder members, and we thank Paul and Edwin-Claude, Inc. for their generosity and commitment to our mission.

Learn more about becoming a BackStopper here.

We asked BackStoppers supporters to share our mission, posts, and news stories on social media during our June Membership Drive, and we cannot thank you enough for the outpouring of support we saw. Your outreach speaks volumes of your commitment to our mission. Thank you for your dedication! Thank you for helping us to help the families of our fallen heroes.

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Be a Shield!


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Announcing the first-ever BackStoppers Membership Drive!

Beginning on June 1st, we are kicking off our first-ever BackStoppers Membership Drive. The membership drive will take place throughout the month of June, and we’re excited to make this an annual event! There are currently just over 2,000 BackStoppers members. We’ve set a modest goal of increasing membership to 3,000 members by the end of 2016.

ECIWe’re also very pleased to announce the Edwin-Claude, Inc. First Responder Membership Challenge. Mr. Paul Abrams, President and CEO of Edwin-Claude, Inc., has been a great BackStoppers supporter and member for many years. Paul has issued a challenge: if we add 200 new first responder members by the end of the year, ECI will donate $10,000 to The BackStoppers Education Fund. We look forward to the challenge and adding these new first responder members, and we thank Paul and Edwin-Claude, Inc. for their generosity and commitment to our mission.

Read all about our membership drive, who are members are, and the benefits of membership here.

We thank you for your help in spreading the word, raising awareness of our mission and membership drive, and supporting our cause of helping the families of our fallen heroes. In 2014, The BackStoppers provided nearly $1.4 million in assistance to the families we serve. Membership dues totaled almost $600,000. We are so grateful for this generous support. It is this dedication to our mission that helps us to continue to assist the families we serve.

Become a BackStopper today!

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