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From Budweiser Guns N Hoses

Guns ‘N Hoses Boxing Event Postponed
Event postponed in deference to first responders, the St. Louis community and the families served by The BackStoppers

ST. LOUIS – (Nov. 3, 2014) – The Guns ‘N Hoses Boxing Association has postponed the ...28th annual Guns ‘N Hoses boxing event scheduled for Nov. 26. The organization plans to reschedule the event at a later date in 2015.

“Our focus is honoring the lives of those who have died during the line of duty and providing support for their families,” said Ron Battelle, Executive Director of The BackStoppers and Guns ‘N Hoses board member. “To hold the event at this time could serve as a distraction – and a disservice – to those fallen heroes and their families who deserve our full attention and support.”

The decision to postpone the event was made by the organization after much thought and deliberation. It took into account the recently increased hours of first responders who participate in and attend the event, and the 66 families and 64 children The BackStoppers currently support.

“It wasn’t an easy decision but, out of respect for all those involved, we think it is the right thing to do,” said Battelle.

The 2014 Guns ‘N Hoses event was scheduled to take place Nov. 26 at Scottrade Center. The event was to feature 15 three-round bouts of boxing and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) between first responders from Missouri and Illinois. Prior to the opening bell, Guns ’N Hoses honors the firefighters and police officers who have lost their lives with boxing’s traditional Ten Count.

“We are already evaluating new event dates and will notify the public once a date has been confirmed,” said event organizer Steve Holley, secretary, St. Louis Guns ‘N Hoses Boxing Association.
Tickets to the Nov. 26 event will be honored at the rescheduled event.


BackStoppers Helps Again

Lt. Clarence O. Watson II, of the Hematite Fire Protection District, died on November 29, 2008 of cardiac arrest after having been on several emergency calls within 12 hours of his passing.  His death has recently been determined to be line of duty, and The BackStoppers will be assisting his family.  Lt. Watson is survived by his son, parents, two sisters, and a brother.

Lt. Clarence O. Watson II
Clarence O. Watson II
Hematite Fire Protection District
11/29/2008 EOW

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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.