July 11, 2016

Assistance for Officer Mike Flamion

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The BackStoppers has provided assistance to Officer Michael Flamion who was shot on July 8th, 2016, and remains in critical but stable condition. Officer Flamion is a nine year veteran of law enforcement who joined the Ballwin Police Department in 2014 and previously served with the De […]
June 24, 2016

Introducing The BackStoppers Newsletter

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The first issue of The BackStoppers Newsletter is in the mail!  We wish to thank Jerry Kiske, Jr and Mulligan Printing, Firefighter Dave Marlo and the Professional Firefighters of Eastern Missouri IAFF Local 2665, and Heather Hussey for making our first edition possible. Front and Back Cover Inside Pages If […]
April 7, 2016

Thank you, Caravus!

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The BackStoppers has received a generous donation of $10,000 from Caravus!  Thank you Chairman Paul Flotken, Managing Partner J.J. Flotken, and Caravus for this great support of our mission. Caravus Managing Partner J.J. Flotken (left) and Chairman Paul Flotken (right) present a check for $10,00 to BackStoppers […]
March 29, 2016

Heartfelt Words of Thanks

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Last week, we learned that Joshua Ballman, son of fallen Officer Tom Ballman, had written a beautiful letter thanking The Corner Pub & Grill family of restaurants for their support of The BackStoppers.  We were very touched by his kind words.  It quickly became clear […]
March 29, 2016

Scarecrow Supports The BackStoppers

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In March, Scarecrow asked patrons to "enjoy a pint and raise money for the fallen".  And they did just that.  By selling Donation Shamrocks benefiting The BackStoppers at the Chesterfield restaurant, Scarecrow raised $1,700 for families of fallen first responders! Thank you co-owners Chris Mertz and […]
March 14, 2016

First Responders Meet the Challenge!

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President and CEO of Edwin-Claude, Inc. Paul Abrams presents a $10,000 donation for the Education Fund from the ECI First Responder Membership Challenge to BackStoppers Board Member Chief (Ret.) Jerry Lee, Executive Director Chief (Ret.) Ron Battelle, and President Mike Shanahan, Jr. In May of last […]
March 9, 2016

BackStoppers Month a Great Success!

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OG Hospitality Group Co-Owners Brant Baldanza and Jon Fogarty and Mike (Carolyn not pictured) present a check for $80,000 to BackStoppers Executive Director Chief Ron Battelle, Board Members Chief Jim Silvernail and Bill Schicker, Chief Mike Krause and members of the Metro West Fire Protection […]
March 2, 2016

Assisting the Family of Officer Ronald Strittmatter

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We have just learned of the line of duty death of Officer Ronald Strittmatter of the Lakeshire Police Department and are now assisting his family.  Officer Strittmatter suffered a heart attack at home on January 3, 2015 following a shift during which he was on multiple calls. Officer Strittmatter […]
February 23, 2016

The BackStoppers Receives Record Donation from Guns ‘N Hoses

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We've received a record breaking $443,836.50 from the 29th Annual Budweiser Guns 'N Hoses!  This donation brings the total raised since 1987 to an incredible $5.5 million. The BackStoppers President Mike Shanahan, Board Member Jack Martorelli, St. Louis Guns 'N Hoses President David Stokes, Mayor Francis Slay, The […]
August 24, 2015

Assisting the Family of Sgt. Peggy Vassallo

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// // <meta http-equiv="refresh" content="0; URL=/backstoppers/photos_stream?_fb_noscript=1" />The BackStoppers is now assisting the family of Sgt. Peggy Vassallo of the Bellefontaine Neighbors Police Department who died in the line of duty on August 24, 2015 while standing outside of a vehicle. Sgt. Vassallo ran the D.A.R.E. […]