ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – After hundreds turned out for a vigil honoring fallen St. Louis County Police Officer Blake Snyder, more community members are stepping up to help.

Backstoppers, an organization that provides financial support for the families of first responders, is now accepting donations on behalf of Snyder’s family.

Within hours of Snyder’s death, the organization gave his family $5,000 to be used however is needed. Then they arrange a way to eliminate the family’s debt and help with future expenses.

“Our goal is to make them debt free, and that includes paying mortgages, car loans,” says Chief Ron Battelle, executive director of BackStoppers.

He met with Snyder’s widow and 2-year-old son Thursday afternoon.

“I could see the 2-year-old on the porch, you know, just playing out there, not really comprehending what’s going on here, you know. Eventually, he’ll learn but it’s just, it’s really heartbreaking,” Battelle says.

Donations are welcome and can be submitted through the Backstoppers website.

Also, those who coordinate the monthly “Dine Out for Officer Mike Flamion” meals announced on their Facebook page they will host an event for Snyder on Nov. 1.

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