What Will be Your Legacy?

A fantastic way to support families of fallen heroes is to leave a legacy gift to The BackStoppers. By including a bequest to The BackStoppers in your estate planning, your legacy will be to make a difference in the lives of families who have made great sacrifices for our safety. Legacy gifts help send children of fallen heroes to the college of their choice, provide families with healthcare coverage and all out-of-pocket medical expenses, and so much more.

Speak with your estate planning professional today or contact us to answer any questions you may have:

Jim Noonan
Finance Manager
(314) 692-0200 x13

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Honoring the Legacy of Our Dedicated Supporters

We are so very grateful for the support of legacy donors. Their dedication to our mission truly makes an impact on the families we serve. Here, we honor their generosity.

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Sgt. Jesse L. Murphy, Jr. and Mrs. Avis G. Murphy

Sgt. Jesse L. Murphy, Jr. and his wife, Avis G. Murphy dedicated their lives to public service. Sgt. Murphy served with the Missouri State Highway Patrol for 33 years, and Avis served 25 years as the supervisor of the Troop C record room. They both retired on July 1, 1981.

Along with his first responder career, Sgt. Murphy was also a veteran and a part of many distinguished groups including the Masonic Order Blue Lodge. He was also recognized multiple times for acts of heroism throughout his career.

Sgt. Murphy and Avis’ son, Richard W. “Murph” Murphy and late wife, Leslie L. Murphy, wanted to honor their legacy of service by generously giving to BackStoppers now and through a legacy gift.

Murph explains what these gifts in honor of his parents mean to him, “My wife, Leslie, and I felt very blessed to have had my parents in our lives until their natural deaths following retirement. Both my parents devoted their working lives to the Patrol by trying to help safeguard their fellow men and women, citizens of Missouri and beyond our borders. Following retirement my father was shot during an attempted armed robbery in a rest stop on an interstate highway.  He was blessed that night and survived his injury. Had that happened while on active duty and the result had been more traumatic or even loss of his life, the family lives of us survivors would have been devastated. Leslie and I have never forgotten the thought of being able to help those families of our sometimes unsung heroes who give their lives in the line of duty while helping others”.

“So now is the time we would like to begin helping those families that were left behind by heroes doing the often hazardous jobs they do. Thank you, BackStoppers, for what you do and for allowing Leslie and I to contribute to your success.”

The story of Sgt. Jesse Murphy and Avis Murphy is very moving. Through the Murphy’s selfless legacy gift, Sgt. and Mrs. Murphy’s memory and years of service live on. Thank you, Murph and Leslie, for your generosity and care.

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To be honored, contact The BackStoppers about your legacy gift today.


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