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St. Louis, Missouri Police Officer Dies From Injuries In Trucking Accident

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Our condolences and prayers go out to the family of Officer Julius Moore, who died on October 16, 2009 from injuries sustained in a semi truck accident.

[Officer] Moore was hurt [on October 6, 2009] when he collided with a tractor-trailer at the intersection of South Broadway and Arsenal Street. Moore was in his patrol car, with the lights and sirens on, rushing to help other Third District police officers catch burglars, police say. Just before 1 p.m. on Oct. 6, Moore’s patrol car and the truck were both heading south. The truck started to make a right turn and struck the officer’s car, pushing it into a traffic light and a brick wall.

Tractor-trailer accidents involving passenger vehicles or police cars are far more destructive and devastating than accidents involving passenger vehicles. Truck drivers must be extra-vigilant due to the size, weight, and lack of maneuverability.

Officer Moore’s family will be supported through donations from the BackStoppers:

Ron Battelle, executive director of the police officers and firefighters fund known as BackStoppers, said the group is trying to arrange a meeting with the family today to present them with a check for $5,000. The money can be used for whatever expenses they have, no strings attached.

In addition, Battelle said BackStoppers will return to meet with the widow in the next two or three weeks. They’ll ask her to compile all of her bills so the organization can pay them off.

"Our goal is to make them debt-free," Battelle said. "We’ll pay off their house, all their other bills, credit card bills, automobile payments. Obviously, she’s going to have enough on her mind with three small children. We want her not to have to worry about financial obligations. It takes one little aspect of stress out of her life and allows her to concentrate on raising her kids."

In fact, BackStoppers will pay for the children’s education all the way through graduate school if they choose to attend.

BackStoppers is funded solely through donations. In its 50-year history, the organization has helped families of 124 police officers and firefighters who died in the line of duty. Currently, they are helping 47 families and 48 children under the age of 21.

The BackStoppers are funded solely by donations and need your help and support.

You can learn more about semi-truck accidents, safety and how to protect yourself at our web site.

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