On September 10, 2013, member companies of the Roofing and Siding Contractors Alliance will partner with The BackStoppers to replace the roof at the home of Alice Jaeger-Ashland, the widow of Patrolman Gerald Jaeger, who was killed by a hit-and-run driver in 1964.
(Saint Louis, MO) September 4th, 2013 –The Roofing and Siding Contractors Alliance and The BackStoppers have teamed up for their second annual old-fashioned roof raising to support Alice Jaeger-Ashland, the widow of Police Officer Gerald Jaeger, who was killed by a hit-and-run driver while preparing to direct traffic in St. Ann in 1964. The RSCA Foundation will fund the supplies and labor costs provided by RSCA members, who will work to tear off and replace the entire roof at Jaeger-Ashland’s St. Ann home on the morning of September 10, 2013. Those involved in the planning thought it was fitting to hold the event at a time when the whole country is remembering the policemen, firemen, and other first responders who lost their lives in the 9/11 tragedy.
Members of the media and the general public are invited to attend as the RSCA and The BackStoppers honor the memory of Officer Jaeger. Work will begin at approximately 7:00 a.m., with completion expected in late morning. Alice Jaeger-Ashland’s home is located at 10328 Saint Jude Lane in St. Ann, MO.
“The RSCA is excited to continue our involvement with The BackStoppers organization,” said Jason Shupp, President of the RSCA. “The people serving in our police force and fire and emergency medical services give so much, and it’s an honor to give back in some way. We will do our part to protect the homes of those who protect ours.”
Ron Batelle, the retired St. Louis County Police Chief and Executive Director of The BackStoppers, will also be on hand to watch the roof go up.
“It’s impossible to fill the void of policemen, firemen and EMTs who lose their lives in the line of duty, particularly within their families,” says Batelle. “But we thought the RSCA’s idea to have and old-fashioned roof raising was just great, and it will certainly help to improve Alice Jaeger-Ashland’s quality of life.”
The Roofing & Siding Contractors Alliance (RSCA) is a professional contracting group representing more than 45 member companies throughout the St. Louis bi-state region who have established their credibility and reputations by providing years of dependable, honest service, and professionalism. RSCA members provide the complete range of roofing and siding services, for all types of commercial and residential projects in Missouri and Illinois. Many are third, fourth, and even fifth-generation businesses that offer consumers job satisfaction and abide by the association’s extensive code of ethics. The RSCA is a member of the Better Business Bureau as are many RSCA members. A directory of RSCA members is available on the group’s website at www.rsca-inc.org.
Started in 1959, The BackStoppers provides needed support and financial assistance to the spouses and children of all local and county police officers, firefighters, publicly-funded paramedics and EMTs and volunteer fire protection units, who have lost their lives performing their duty. Deaths from natural causes, illnesses or injuries are outside the organization’s scope. The BackStoppers provides assistance to counties served by Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop C in Missouri and Illinois State Police District 11 in Illinois and Cape Girardeau County in Missouri. For more information, visit www.backstoppers.org.