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From Budweiser Guns N Hoses

Annual Thanksgiving Eve Event Rescheduled for January 30, 2015

ST. LOUIS (Dec. 9, 2014): The 28th annual Budweiser Guns ‘N Hoses boxing event which was originally scheduled for November 26 has been rescheduled for Friday, January 30, 2015, at Scottrade Center. Tickets that were purchased for the original date will be honored at the January 30 event.

Guns ‘N Hoses will feature 15 three-round bouts of boxing and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) matches between police officers, firefighters and emergency medical personnel from Missouri and Illinois. Both male and female fighters are scheduled. Prior to the opening bell, Guns ‘N Hoses will honor those first responders who lost their lives during the past year.

“We are very excited that we have found a new date to host this annual event,” said David Stokes, president of the St. Louis Guns ‘N Hoses Boxing Association. “It wasn’t an easy decision to postpone this year’s event but, out of respect for all those involved, we felt it was the right thing to do. Now, we are able to properly honor our fallen heroes.”

Guns ‘N Hoses is presented by the non-profit St. Louis Guns ‘N Hoses Boxing Association. Since its inception in 1987, Guns ‘N Hoses has raised more than $4.5 million to benefit The BackStoppers.

Ticket prices for the 2014 Guns ‘N Hoses event are $35, $25 and $15, and are available by calling Mark O’Brien, St. Louis City Police Department, (314) 691-1377; Ed Fingers, St. Louis County Police Department, (314) 713-6031; or Dan Wunder, O’Fallon, Ill. Police Department, (618) 973-1200. Tickets also are available at all Hair Saloon locations, the Scottrade Center Box Office and online at www.ticketmaster.com.

Additional Guns ‘N Hoses information is available at the following:
Website: www.stlgunsnhoses.com
Facebook: /BudweiserGunsAndHoses
Twitter: @gunsnhosesstl.

Click here to donate in support of Budweiser Guns ‘N Hoses now.


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

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.