The BackStoppers

In the United States, we are protected and served by over 10 million First Responders. These police officers, fire fighters, emergency medical technicians, and other similar professionals run toward trauma and disaster to save those affected. Each time a First Responder puts on the uniform, he or she is at great risk. There is the acceptance that tragedy could occur, and ultimately that the individual could lose his or her life. When such tragedy occurs, a heavy burden is placed on surviving spouses and children. The BackStoppers accepts the responsibility to bear that burden alongside them, caring for the loved ones of our heroes who have sacrificed so much.

Since 1959, The BackStoppers organization has provided financial assistance and support to the spouses and dependent children of police officers, firefighters and volunteer firefighters, and publicly-funded paramedics and EMTs; those who have lost their lives or suffered catastrophic injury in the line of duty. Assistance is immediate and ongoing, including assumption of debt, insurance costs, education costs, and other extraordinary expenses.

The BackStoppers currently provides assistance in 13 Missouri counties and 5 Illinois counties. In 2015, $1,289,772 worth of assistance was given to families. Currently 79 families with 65 dependent children receive assistance. Since its beginning The BackStoppers organization has supported 158 families.

Paramount Mortgage Company Employee of the Month, Jennifer Laske, sees great value in an organization that promises this kind of support. She and many others who work for Paramount have family members who are police officers or other first responders. With the violence that has occurred against police officers, she feels strongly about supporting them in any way possible.

Jen is an important part of the Paramount Mortgage Company team, and will be celebrating her 15-year anniversary in October. She is currently the Closing Supervisor, and she most enjoys the value that is placed on teamwork at PMC.

We greatly appreciate the commitment, expertise and hard work that Jen brings to our team. Congratulations, Jen, on being chosen as Employee of the Month and thank you for all you do! We are honored to support first responders through The BackStoppers.