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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 […]
July 29, 2019

“Give it to Me Straight”: Barbara’s Story

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Officer Ryan O’Connor of the Arnold Police Department was shot by a suspect he was transporting. His wife, Barbara O’Connor, relives the tragic events of December 5, 2017. Barbara shares, “Ryan always told me he knew without a doubt that the BackStoppers would rise to the […]