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Officer Blake Snyder was shot and killed while on duty on October 6 (KMOV) Officer Blake Snyder was shot and killed while on duty on October 6 (KMOV)

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) Those looking to help the family of fallen St. Louis County Officer Blake Snyder are asked to go through BackStoppers.

Former St. Louis County Police Chief Ron Battelle is currently the BackStoppers Executive Director. He said, “It’s devastating nothing describes it better than that. But we know what our mission is. Our mission is to take care of those families.”

Not only are there concerns about providing for the immediate needs of Snyder’s family, BackStoppers says it is focused on taking care of his wife and 2-year-old son for the long term.

“Health insurance, mortgages, everything we provide, a lot of emotional support for those families. They become part of our family is what they [BackStoppers] do,” said Battelle.

Battelle says he lost four officers during his time as chief.

“… As tragic as those incidents are they pull the department together more than ever and it creates a feeling of family and ownership in the organization and a commitment to persevere to do the best job we can,” said Battelle.

To support BackStoppers, click here.

There will also be an event honoring Snyder's family beginning at 10:30 a.m. on Friday at Bandanas BBQ in Sunset Hills. The restaurant is located on Gravois Road and will last as long as possible. There will be a giant card given to the Snyder family. 15 percent of Bandana's proceeds will be donated to BackStoppers. 

Police say there will be no other official online crowdfunding sites like GoFundMe.

To donate directly to Officer Snyder's family by making a note on the payment or check to "P.O. Blake Snyder" or "In honor of P.O. Blake Snyder" and a mailing it to BackStoppers or the St. Louis County Police Welfare Association.  

You can also mail a donation to:

The BackStoppers, Inc.
PO Box 795168
Saint Louis, MO 63179-0700

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