A Safety Net with No Strings Attached
Started in 1959, The BackStoppers provides needed financial assistance and support to the spouses and children of all police officers, firefighters, publicly-funded paramedics and EMTs and volunteer fire protection units in our coverage area who have lost their lives performing their duty.
The BackStoppers continues to support the surviving spouse unless or until he or she remarries, and supports the surviving children until they reach age 21 or complete their post-secondary education. Deaths from natural causes, illnesses or injuries are outside the organization’s scope.
The BackStoppers currently supports 80 families with 66 dependent children, which includes catastrophic injury payments, and has supported 159 families since 1959.
Rapid Response, Ongoing Assistance
The BackStoppers’ assistance is immediate and ongoing. Within hours of the death of a police officer, firefighter, publicly-funded paramedic or EMT, his or her family receives a check for $5,000 from The BackStoppers with assurance of further help.
Within a few weeks, The BackStoppers’ representatives meet with the surviving spouse to identify the family’s other financial obligations. The organization’s goal is to make the family debt-free, and then to provide ongoing support for education and other extraordinary expenses.
* Assumption of financial obligations (i.e., mortgage payments, automobile payments, credit card debt, loan debt, taxes, insurance, etc.) as funding permits
* Health and dental insurance, if needed
* Elementary and secondary educational assistance grades K–12
* College/vocational tuition assistance to spouse/survivors
* Holiday gift to family
* Miscellaneous assistance as approved by Board of Directors (i.e., home repairs, unusual medical expenses, etc.)
* Financial counseling
Col. Ron Battelle
Executive Director, The BackStoppers, Inc.
Chief (Retired), St. Louis County Police Department