Violent night in St. Louis highlights need for BackStoppers

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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) - It`s been a deadly weekend in St. Louis. Three people were killed during various shootings across the city. Including 32-year-old Kemesa Newble and 45-year-old Tony Blair who were bystanders at Starz Bar near Goodfellow early Sunday morning when shots rang out after a fight inside of the bar.

Volatile situations like this weekend`s shootings are what officers and rescue crews see daily. That`s why organizations like BackStoppers exist, the non -profit raises money to help the families of police, fire and EMS workers who made the ultimate sacrifice. BackStoppers representative Rick Noble says they hope to never add any names to their list of fallen comrades.

"You don't have a choice to say no I'm not going to go if a building is on fire we expect the fir dept to go in if someone is being assaulted by someone even armed with a weapon we expect police to go in. We wipe out the entire debt of the family at the time of the policeman, fireman or emergency workers death that's an astronomical cost for them." Said Noble

The organization held a fundraiser at the Epiphany of Our Lord Church in St. Louis on Sunday. 100 percent of proceeds from the raffle, silent auction and BBQ sales will go to families to help with finances. The goal is to raise $10,000 to $15,000 over the weekend. Noble says everyday situations can easily take a dangerous turn, that`s why supporting BackStoppers is so important.

'They`re risking their lives, something that seems routine and mundane is also life threatening and all three trades take it in stride." He said

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