We are now assisting the family of Chief Don Riffe of the Jefferson College Police Department died in the line of duty on January 20, 2022 after battling COVID-19.

Chief Riffe was 59 years old. Chief Riffe served with Jefferson College Police Department for seven years, and was an instructor for the Jefferson College Law Enforcement Academy. He also served as a Special Agent with the United States Army Investigation Division for over 30 years. He leaves behind three adult children.

Chief Don Riffe
Chief Kevin Cremer

We are now assisting the family of Chief Kevin Cremer of the Festus Fire Department died from complications of COVID-19 contracted in the line of duty on January 24, 2022.

Chief Cremer was 48 years old. Chief Cremer served for 29 years. He served 13 years with the Hematite Fire Protection District, and began serving with the Festus Fire Department in 2005. He leaves behind his wife and children.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and loved ones of Chief Riffe and Chief Cremer. Our hearts are with the Jefferson College Police Department, the Festus Fire Department and the communities these heroes served.

“My deepest condolences are being sent to the many lives that Chief Don Riffe and Chief Kevin Cremer touched. These men dedicated their hearts and lives to the people they served, and they will never be forgotten.” – Chief Ron Battelle, BackStoppers Executive Director

We recognize the tremendous sacrifices that public servants make every day when they go to work. We understand the burdens placed on surviving spouses and children when tragedies occur. We believe our community has an obligation to care for the loved ones of those who have protected us. We accept the responsibility to make that happen.  Join us in our cause.  Help us provide life-long support for families of fallen heroes by donating or joining online or by mail to the address below.

The BackStoppers, Inc.
PO Box 795168
Saint Louis, MO 63179-0700

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