Fundraiser Survives 2 Storms, Tornado

Backstoppers Executive Director Ron Battelle (left) shakes hands with Brentwood police office Craig Eisenbeis at the Brentwood Board of Aldermen meeting last night. Eisenbeis and Brentwood firefighter Captain Richard Kerr (right) had just given Battelle a donation of more than $3,200, which was raised at a barbecue last month. (Photo by Steve Bowman)

Police officer, firefighter present BBQ proceeds to Backstoppers

By Steve Bowman
Editor, The Brentwood Spirit

Despite what Brentwood Police Chief Dan Fitzgerald described as “awful” weather, local police officers and firefighters raised more than $3,200 at a barbecue on June 7 to benefit a St. Louis charity. They presented the donation to the Backstoppers at the Brentwood Board of Aldermen meeting on Monday night at city hall.

“We’ve done this in the past but haven’t done it for a few years and we were kind of excited about bringing it back,” Fitzgerald announced at the meeting. “Unfortunately, the weather did not cooperate; we had an awful day. We had two storms and a tornado siren. But despite that, I really think the Brentwood community stepped forward.”

Serving pork steaks, brats, hamburgers and hot dogs from city hall’s parking lot, Brentwood’s police and firefighters raised $3,264.89, Fitzgerald said.

The donation was presented to Ron Battelle, executive director of Backstoppers, by the event’s organizers: police officer Craig Eisenbeis and firefighter Captain Richard Kerr.

Backstoppers is a St. Louis charity that provides financial assistance to the families of public safety officers who have died while on duty.

“We’re taking care of 66 families now, 59 kids,” said Battelle, “so we’ll put it to good use.”

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