THE BACKSTOPPERS KICK OFF "BE A SHIELD" MEMBERSHIP DRIVE

June 24, 2015 - KTVI BY EMMA RECHENBERG

ST. LOUIS, MO. - The BackStoppers organization is kicking off it's first-ever "Be A Shield" membership drive. The money raised helps the families of police, firefighters and other first responders killed in the line of duty.

Annual membership dues range from $150 to $10,000 and are tax deductible. Member benefits include complimentary tickets for the annual membership dinner, BackStoppers window decals, annual newsletter and plaque.

The number to donate is 1-800-782-2222 and volunteers and first responders will be answering your calls until 10 this morning.

More on KTVI story

More Headlines for Backstoppers




BACKSTOPPERS MEMBERSHIP DRIVE

June 16, 2015 - KTVI

ST. LOUIS - Last year, BackStoppers provided nearly $1.4 million in assistance to the families of 74 fallen police officers and firefighters.

Nearly half of that money was raised by membership dues.

Now the organization is gearing up for its Be A Shield membership drive. Fire Chief Ron Battelle visits Fox 2 News in the Morning to talk about how you can get involved.

More on KTVI story

More Headlines for Backstoppers



VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER
WILLIAM BROGDEN
Spanish Lake Volunteer Fire Department
January 22, 1960

Today we honor and remember Firefighter William Brogden of the Spanish Lake Volunteer Fire Department. Firefighter Brogden died in an automobile accident while responding to a call. The Brogden family was the first family to be assisted by The BackStoppers.

More Headlines for Backstoppers




TICKETS ON SALE FOR GUNS 'N HOSES

January 15, 2015 - KSDK Brandie Piper, KSDK-TV

ST. LOUIS - It's back! The annual Guns 'N Hoses boxing and mixed martial arts event, which pits police officers, firefighters, and emergency medical personnel against each other is almost here.

The matches are typically held on Thanksgiving Eve, but was postponed in 2014 because of the unrest in Ferguson. It was rescheduled for Jan. 30, 2015 at 7 p.m.

Guns 'N Hoses raises money for The BackStoppers, an organization that helps financially support families of fallen police officers, firefighters, and publicly-funded paramedic and EMS workers. To date, Guns 'N Hoses has raised more than $4.5 million to support The BackStoppers.

Tickets start at $15 and are available for purchase at all Hair Saloon locations, the Scottrade Center Box Office, and through Ticketmaster.

NewsChannel 5 is a proud sponsor of this year's event.

More on KSDK story

More Headlines for Backstoppers




CAPTAIN
ROBERT BREHM
Shrewsbury Fire Department
January 13, 1977

Today we honor and remember Capt. Robert Brehm of the Shrewsbury Fire Department. Capt. Brehm collapsed at the scene of a fire, after searching a burning house for trapped persons, and died later that day.

Backstoppers

More Headlines for Backstoppers




OFFICIALS POSTPONE CHARITY BOXING EVENT BECAUSE OF CONCERNS ABOUT FERGUSON

November 3, 2014 - St. Louis Post Dispatch By Christine Byers cbyers@post-dispatch.com 314-340-8087

ST. LOUIS - Citing concerns about simmering unrest in Ferguson, sponsors have postponed this year's 28th annual Guns 'N Hoses police-fire charity boxing match, scheduled for Nov. 26.

The event, typically held on the night before Thanksgiving at the Scottrade Center, benefits Backstoppers, a nonprofit providing financial support for the families of fallen first responders. Organizers said they hoped to reschedule in the new year.

The charity's executive director, Ron Battelle, said organizers are concerned that many of the participants and attendees may be called to duty to manage possible protests after a St. Louis County grand jury decides whether to indict Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson in the Aug. 9 killing of Michael Brown. Officials have said to expect an announcement in mid-November.

"To hold the event at this time could serve as distraction to the service of our first responders," said Battelle, a former chief of the St. Louis County Police Department. "The decision to postpone was made by the organization after much thought and deliberation. It takes into account the recently increased hours of first responders who attend the event."

Work, not training, must come first, Battelle said.

"We don't want to be a distraction to police officers, firefighters and EMS personnel who will be working long hours," Battelle said. "We don't want to take them away from their prime responsibility."

There also were worries that a large gathering of police officers might become a magnet for demonstrations and potential clashes.

This year's president of the organization is Robert P. McCulloch, the St. Louis County prosecuting attorney, whose refusal to recuse himself from the Brown investigation has made him the subject of criticism. His father was a St. Louis police officer shot to death in 1964 while trying to arrest a kidnapper, and some Ferguson protesters have said that makes his involvement in the Wilson case a conflict of interest.

Last year's event drew about 17,000 people and raised $292,000. The series of boxing matches, pitting police officers against firefighters, is the Backstoppers' biggest fundraiser. It has raised about $4.4 million since 1987.

More on St. Louis Post Dispatch story

More Headlines for Backstoppers

Comments on this article