After two decades of unwavering dedication as the Executive Director of The BackStoppers, Chief Ron Battelle has announced his retirement, leaving behind a legacy of compassion and support for the families of first responders who have made the ultimate sacrifice or suffered catastrophic injuries in the line of duty.

Since its establishment in 1959, The BackStoppers has been a beacon of hope for the families it serves, offering immediate and ongoing assistance to those grappling with the immense challenges of loss and hardship. Over the years, the organization has supported more than 180 families, currently extending its aid to approximately 95 families with 70 dependent children.

Under Chief Battelle’s steadfast leadership, The BackStoppers witnessed remarkable growth and impact, achieving significant milestones:

  • More than 130 families of fallen and catastrophically injured heroes received vital assistance.
  • The mission expanded to include support for catastrophically injured public safety officers.
  • Education assistance was expanded, leading to the establishment of the Education Fund.
  • The scope and types of assistance provided by The BackStoppers were diversified to better meet the evolving needs of families.
  • The coverage area expanded substantially from 12 counties in Missouri to 28 counties across Missouri and Illinois.

“I plan to remain engaged in fundraising efforts and consoling families in their time of loss,” Chief Battelle emphasized about his upcoming retirement. “My retirement signifies merely my next step with The BackStoppers and I’m eagerly anticipating working with the new executive director to continue growing this great organization.”

Reflecting on Chief Battelle’s extraordinary tenure, BackStoppers Board President John Capps remarked, “Chief Battelle’s dedication and leadership have been instrumental in providing comfort and support to countless families during their time of grief. His vision and commitment have not only grown the organization, but have profoundly impacted the lives of those it serves.”

Chief Ron Battelle

Prior to his role as the executive director of The BackStoppers, Chief Battelle served as a nearly 40-year veteran of the St. Louis County Police Department. As the Chief of Police from October 1990, he led the overall operations of the nearly 1,000-member Department until retiring in June 2004.

As Chief Battelle transitions into retirement, Collaborative Strategies, Inc. has been tasked with leading the search for his successor, ensuring a seamless continuation of The BackStoppers’ crucial mission of serving those who selflessly serve our communities.

Interested candidates are asked to apply directly at