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Assisting the Dziejma Family

We honor City Marshal of Miramiguoa Village, Kevin Dziejma, who died in the line of duty on May 18, 2015 during a traffic stop.  The BackStoppers is assisting his family.  Marshal Dziejma served as the City Marshal of Miramiguoa Village for five years.  He is survived by two adult children, Kim and Kevin.

Lt. Clarence O. Watson II
Kevin Dziejma
City Marshal of Miramiguoa Village
EOW 5/18/15

Assisting the Lawhorn Family

We honor Firefighter/Engineer Larry W. Lawhorn of the Orchard Farm Fire Protection District who died in the line of duty on May 3, 2015 while en route to a structure fire in Portage des Sioux.  The BackStoppers is assisting his family.  Firefighter Lawhorn was a 17 year member of OFFPD and served with the St. Charles Fire Protection District 19 years prior to his time with Orchard Farm.  He is survived by his wife and two grown children, one of whom serves as a firefighter in our region.

Lt. Clarence O. Watson II
Larry Lawhorn
Orchard Farm Fire Protection District
EOW 5/3/15

Announcing Our New Online Community!

Be a part of the BackStoppers Online Community.  We’ve upgraded our site to better communicate with our supporters and to make online giving easier.  Our new Online Community allows you to register to view your giving history, make address changes, keep up to date on messages to supporters and more. 

Click here to learn more.

Public Safety: Everyone’s Responsibility

In the wake of the tragic events of September 11, 2001, public safety has taken on new dimensions. Even in the face of growing threats and challenges, police and fire professionals continue to respond with characteristic heroism and selflessness. Unfortunately, some lose their life in the line of duty.

It’s impossible to fill the void they leave in society and in their families, but by supporting The BackStoppers, you can express your appreciation in a tangible way for a life given on behalf of others. By doing so, you can help those they loved the most continue their legacy of dedication to public safety.

A Safety Net with No Strings Attached

Started in 1959, The BackStoppers provides needed support and financial assistance to the spouses and children of all local and county police officers, firefighters, publicly-funded paramedics and EMTs and volunteer fire protection units, who have lost their lives performing their duty. Deaths from natural causes, illnesses or injuries are outside the organization’s scope.

The BackStoppers provides assistance to counties served by Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop C in Missouri and Illinois State Police District 11 in Illinois and Cape Girardeau County in Missouri.  

Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop C Counties Served:

Cape Girardeau
St. Charles
St. Francois
St. Louis City
St. Louis County
Ste. Genevieve

Illinois State Police District 11 Counties Served:

St. Clair

The BackStoppers, Inc., is a non-profit association of civic-minded men and women in the St. Louis area and neighboring counties in Missouri and Illinois.

Managed With Care

A 20-member board of directors administers the organization and approves financial-support awards. Each year, six directors are selected to fill three-year terms, and board officers are elected annually. An executive director oversees day-to-day operations.


The BackStoppers, Inc. does not organize, sponsor or control any fundraising efforts. We are sincerely grateful on behalf of the families of the fallen for the efforts of those who organize fundraisers.