October 14, 2019

Assisting the Family of Officer James “Mitch” Ellis, Jr.

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The BackStoppers is now assisting the family of Officer James "Mitch" Ellis, Jr. of the St. Louis County Police Department who was killed in the line of duty in a vehicle accident on October 11, 2019. Officer Ellis was 49 years old. He served with the […]
September 11, 2019

The BackStoppers, Inc. 60th Anniversary

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On September 11, 1959, a group of individuals answered the call to support the survivors of fallen heroes. BackStoppers came to be as a direct response to the needs of families of fallen heroes. Sixty years have passed, and the mission of BackStoppers remains the […]
August 24, 2019

Assisting the Family of Trooper Nicholas Hopkins

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The BackStoppers is now assisting the family of Trooper Nicholas J. Hopkins of the Illinois State Police, District 11 who was shot and killed in the line of duty while serving a warrant on August 23, 2019. Trooper Hopkins was  33 years old. He served with […]
August 12, 2019

“We Continue to Keep His Legacy Alive”

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May 3, 2019 marked the 17th anniversary of the deaths of the St. Louis Fire Department’s Capt. Derek Martin and Capt. Robert Morrison. Both brave men lost their lives battling the same fire and leaving behind their spouses and children. Today their children have reached […]
August 5, 2019

Catching Up with the Young Friends

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The BackStoppers Development Board is a group of young professionals who engage the next generation of supporters. These young friends of BackStoppers hold fun events that generate a lot of buzz and generous support. In April, the Young Friends took a swing for fundraising at […]
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 […]
July 19, 2019

Small Supporters Make a Big Difference

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We have seen an incredible response of support from the community this summer, especially from our young supporters. Selling lemonade and refreshments with proceeds benefiting BackStoppers was how these dedicated groups helped our mission.   We would like to thank and recognize the Bialecki Family, the […]
July 12, 2019

We Will Never Forget

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Capt. Jacob "Jake" Ringering Godfrey Fire Protection Dist. EOW 3/5/19 The first half of 2019 brought tragedy to the community when we lost three heroes, Capt. Jacob “Jake” Ringering, EOW 3/5/19, Firefighter Paramedic Chris Moore, EOW 6/8/19, and Officer Michael Langsdorf, EOW 6/23/19. Firefighter/Paramedic Chris Moore Maryland […]
July 8, 2019

Spotlight Supporters: St. Francois 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 […]
June 24, 2019

Assisting the Family of Officer Michael Langsdorf

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The BackStoppers is now assisting the family of Officer Michael Langsdorf of the North County Police Cooperative who was shot and killed in the line of duty while responding to a call at a business in Wellston on June 23, 2019. Officer Langsdorf was 40 years […]

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