Ornaments for Officers

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By Kyle Quick

If you remember in 2008, Sergeant William Biggs and Officer Thomas Ballman were both shot and killed when a suspect opened fire at a Kirkwood City Council Meeting.  Not only did the Kirkwood Police Department lose a 20-year veteran, Bill Biggs, his family lost a husband and dad. 

Sgt. Bill Biggs’s wife, Cindi Biggs, is working to promote Ornaments for Officers, which raises money for Backstoppers. 

There two different ornaments to choose from, a firefighter and a police officer.

Pictured is Sgt. Bill Biggs.

The cost for one ornament is only $9.  The ornaments can be purchased locally in New Haven, Mo. at City Hall or Hair.  They are also available online; click here for more information.

How Backstoppers helps families of men and women killed in the line of duty:

  • -Within hours of the death of a police officer, firefighter, publicly-funded paramedic or EMT his or her family receives a check for $5,000 from The BackStoppers, with assurance of further help.
  • -Assumption of financial obligations (i.e., mortgage payments, automobile payments, credit card debt, loan debt, taxes, insurance, etc.) as funding permits and Health and dental insurance, if needed.
  • -Elementary and secondary educational assistance grades K–12 (per child: $2,000 per year public, $4,000 per year private)
  • -College/vocational tuition assistance to spouse/survivors
  • -$1,000 payment to spouse at Christmas
  • -$1,000 U.S. Savings Bonds to surviving children at Christmas and on birthday up to age 21
  • -Miscellaneous assistance as approved by board of directors (i.e., home repairs, unusual medical expenses, etc.)