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June 24, 2020

Spotlight Supporters: Franklin County

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For over a decade a strong group of volunteers have dedicated their time and energy raising awareness and support. The Franklin County BackStoppers supporter group is integral to the growth of our cause, and we are honored to share with you their efforts. With a population […]
June 24, 2020

Officer Tenorio

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You have probably seen Officer Tenorio directing traffic on his motorcycle, interacting with St. Louisans and letting awe inspired kids sit on his decked-out motorcycle during parades. Last June, Downtown St. Louis became a sea of blue as thousands gathered in celebration of the St. […]
June 24, 2020

Jamelah’s Story

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When we watch a movie or television show we see it with seamless shots and edits. We often leave the viewing with the performances of the actors as the main takeaway, but what we normally do not see is everything behind the scenes that makes that finished […]
June 24, 2020

Collin’s Championship

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Collin Grass’ football jersey is stitched with the number 27, the same number his father, Firefighter David Grass, Jr., EOW 7/8/09, wore when he claimed a football championship during his senior year of high school. Collin was only nine years old when his father died […]
June 19, 2020

Julie and Zillah

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Julie Weinhold Lueck has found her passion of bringing peace to people with her four-legged partner, Zillah. She models the heart of service that was also shared with her husband, Sgt. Richard Weinhold of the St. Louis County Police Department, EOW 10/31/00. This desire to comfort […]
June 19, 2020

From Our Executive Director

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The first responder community has faced many challenges and dangers this season. Serving and protecting our community remains top priority and comes with daily sacrifices and risks. We are grateful to the EMS workers, law enforcement officers and firefighters who have given up valuable time […]
December 3, 2019

Spotlight Supporters: Washington County

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The BackStoppers serves 18 counties in Missouri and Illinois. Because our coverage area extends beyond St. Louis, we rely on groups of supporters who volunteer their time in the outlying counties. These Outlying County Supporter Groups are integral to the growth of our cause. We […]
December 3, 2019

The Hicks Family Tradition: Budweiser Guns ‘N Hoses

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Since 1987, Budweiser Guns ‘N Hoses has honored fallen heroes by bringing together local firefighters and police officers for an evening of boxing and support for BackStoppers. Since that first ring of the bell, Guns ‘N Hoses has raised $7.6 million for BackStoppers and has […]
December 3, 2019

“I Remember my Father by Employing his Energy and Spirit”

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Firefighter Paramedic Bradley Pierce died in the line of duty on August 6, 2000 while training for the St. Charles Fire Department’s health and wellness program. He left behind is expectant wife, Deanna, and his 19-month old son, Wyatt, who is now a young adult. […]
December 3, 2019

The First BackStoppers Family

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In September of 1959, the mission of The BackStoppers was birthed. The objective of assisting families of fallen first responders was established but was hoped to never need to be utilized. Four months later, the organization’s response to a line of duty death became a […]