Supporting Those That Have Fallen

2019 Honoree

Spc. Joseph P. Collette, of Lancaster, Ohio.

Sgt. Joseph P. Collette, 29, was assigned to the 242nd Ordnance Battalion, 71st Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group out of Fort Carson, Colorado.

Sergeant Collette, died on March 22 during a combat mission in Afghanistan’s Kunduz province from injuries resulting from enemy fire. He was posthumously promoted from specialist to sergeant and awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star.

He is survived by his wife, Caela; two children Blair and Cody; and two step-children, Lena and Aria Scott. 


FAO Daryl E. Gordon, of Cincinnati, Ohio

FAO Daryl E. Gordon, of Cincinnati, Ohio

When Mr. Gordon was a senior in high school, he joined the Woodlawn Fire Department as a volunteer. He remained a volunteer firefighter until he was accepted into the Cincinnati Fire Department in 1985. Upon the start of his career, Mr. Gordon was not content with sitting still. He volunteered to receive training as a bomb technician and attended the Red Stone Arsenal Hazardous Device School in Huntsville, Alabama.

Mr. Gordon served on Special Details that assisted in scanning areas for visits from the following: President Clinton, President Bush and President Barack Obama. Mr. Gordon served in this position for more than 25 years of his career and earned the title of Senior Bomb Technician.

Daryl Gordon was promoted to Fire Apparatus Operator and completed his final run on Heavy Rescue 14 on March 26, 2015.

Daryl E. Gordon is survived by his wife of 25 years, Angela Gordon; his children, Angelique and Chelsea Gordon; his sisters, Arlene Gordon and Dorothy Gordon Johnson (Stanley); parents-in-law Joseph and Ann Shives; brother-in-law Dale Shives; and special nephews, John Gordon Sr., Keli Gordon and Kerry Gordon. He also leaves a host of extended family and friends: Local 48, U.C. Mobile Care and his brothers in Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc.



“Who kept the Faith and fought the fight, the glory theirs, the duty ours.”

– Wallace Bruce

2021 Honorees


Stay Tuned!!!

3nd Annual Back the Heroes Rumble Car Show

Hosted by:

Back the Blue Rumble Corp – A non-profit corporation


August 7th, 9am – 4pm; Rain Date: August 21st


Batavia Township Park

1535 Clough Pike, Batavia OH 45103



Open Class Judged Car Show.
All motorcycles, cars, and trucks will be allowed to
be entered into the show.


$15 for each show vehicle (Day of Only) No pre-registration available

Admission for public:

This event is free for the public.



The Fine Print (trophies Subject to change for 2021 show)

Top 30 : 1991 and Newer (Modern Class)

Top 25 : 1973 – 1990

Top 25 : 1972 and Older

Kids Choice Award

List of Specials to be awarded:  

Best of Classics “Pre-1990″(Honoree’s Family Pick)

Best of Modern Class “1991 – Newer” (Honoree’s Family Pick)

(With year breaks TBD):  

Best Super Car / Exotic, Best Ford, Best GM, Best Mopar, Best Import, & Best Outsider (non GM, Mopar, or Ford)

Rest of Specials:  

Best Truck Classic (1990 and older), Best Truck Modern (1991 and Newer), Best Motorcycle, Best Custom, Best Hotrod, Law Enforcement’s Most Wanted, Firefighter’s Hottest of Show, Military Vehicle of Honor (Veteran’s Pick).

Car Club Convoy of Show (2019 & 2020 Winner “513 Mustang Syndicate”)

*~*~*~*~*~*~*TROPHY SPONSORSHIP*~*~*~*~*~*~*


ALL OTHER TROPHIES – $100 per slot (Top 25 slots get 25 trophies with name on them for $100, Each Best of Class slot has 2 trophies with company name on them for $100)

TROPHY SPONSORS must call to confirm trophy sponsorship is available/claim and mail payment to address below:

Back the Blue Rumble

530 Park Place, Cincinnati OH 45244

Attn: Car Show Trophy Sponsor

Phone # :  (513)602-4191; Ask for Carl

Participants Information:

The Day of Event entry for car show participants starts promptly at 9am and will continue until 12pm where registration will be closed for day of registrants in order to allow Judging to begin promptly at Noon. National Anthem will be performed before the judging starts.  We will be welcoming the honoree’s family before Anthem.  



1st Annual Back the Heroes Rumble Car Show Special Trophies

Best of Show             Law Enforcement Most Wanted       Firefighter Hottest of Show      Military Vehicle of Honor

Our Mission

Back the Blue Rumble is recognized in Ohio as a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation in support of law enforcement, first responders, fire fighters, and military servicemen/women and the Veteran community.  Our service area covers the entire states of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.  

This organization is consisted of seven board members in the Cincinnati Tri-State Community including three military veterans, a former Fortune 500 Senior Executive and partnered with local chapters and charities such as the Police Wives of Ohio Cincinnati Chapter and The Barracks Project. When a local law enforcement officer was killed in the line of duty in our area, it had shaken every one of us to our core. So we decided to do a car show to honor the fallen officer as OUR way of Backing the Blue in a loud way. After helping host that car show for the officer, many of us wanted to continue to do this on a larger scale and more frequently. Our name was inspired by that experience of Backing the Blue in that successful car show. But we wanted to support more than just our law enforcement. So we created this non-profit corporation to serve police, fire and military.

Our mission is to honor law enforcement officers, fire fighters and the military community and the families they have left behind. Our objective and vision is to not just be another organization that donates a check and then disappears. We intend on creating a network with the families of the fallen to meet and support one another during these toughest of times along with our partnered Non-profits of these communities. It is our desire to connect these families with these corporations for resources as well. We will be hosting various events to raise funds that will be donated to the selected families by our board to be honored at said events including our annual car show.  We also help underfunded police/fire departments when the need is there for equipment/resources via our Operation Open Arms community Initiative.  

We will continue to HONOR those whom served and gave the ultimate sacrifice. We will continue to SERVE those whom bear the burden of losing a loved one. We will SACRIFICE our time and effort to do what we must to show support and show solidarity to our heroes and their loved ones. This is because if not for their service, and sacrifice, our communities wouldn’t be as great and free as it is today. We will always BACK OUR HEROES! “


Carl Whalen

Carl Whalen


Carl Whalen is President/Co-founder of Back the Blue Rumble.  He is a 5 year combat veteran of the United States Army and served as a Combat Medic during Operation Iraqi Freedom campaign.  He also has his Bachelors Degree in Nursing from University of Cincinnati.  While serving the fallen heroes and their families, he continues to live by the warriors ethos he swore under in the military; One of these ethos means more to him than the rest being “I will never leave a fallen comrade”.


Timothy P. Craig

Timothy P. Craig

Executive VP of Business Relations


Tim Craig is a retired Senior Executive of Lexmark.  He spends his spare time serving on the board of our nonprofit as Executive Vice President of Business Relations and is also event chair of our annual fallen heroes golf classic fundraiser.  

Andrea Whalen

Andrea Whalen

Secretary/Co-Founder/Honoree Contact Liason


Andrea Whalen is Secretary and Co-Founder of Back the Blue Rumble.  She is a recent graduate from University of Cincinnati with her Bachelors Degree of Science in Criminal Justice with a Minor in Biology.  Her passion is to serve her community and while being management at PetSmart, she continues her pursuit to care of our fallen heroes and their families.  She is also the Honoree Contact Liason for our annual car show.  When our heroes are selected to be honored at any of our events and we need to reach out to the family of said Honoree, Andrea is the one person who contacts said family. It is at this moment first where we make our initial contact to honor a fallen loved one. She is also the person that coordinates with the Honoree Welcoming Team during our Annual Car Show when the day is made entirely about the fallen hero and his/her family.

Theresa Heeger

Theresa Heeger

VP of Program Funding Procurement / Grant Manager

Theresa is our newest board member who comes to us with plenty of experience in her position. She knows all too well what it means to volunteer for her community as she is also a Firefighter and a Nursing major awaiting to take the Kentucky Nursing board exam. She understands what sacrifice it takes to be a servant to the community when the call is made for help. Theresa has lost a loved one in the line of duty as well; his name is Specialist Ronnie Williams of the United States Army and what she does is her way of remembering and honoring him and his service.  Being a Gold Star family member, it’s no doubt where her heart lies when regarding our mission.  It is HER mission as well.


Jared Cornell

Jared Cornell

Executive Director of Supportive Services


Jared is an Apache Crew Chief Veteran of the United States Army who thoroughly enjoys being a part of our organization whose mission is to let no fallen hero be forgotten. Along with his work in our nonprofit as a heavy handed volunteer and board member, he sings and leads with a Pro-LEO, Fire, Military band titled “Upright Fallen”. Passion of support exudes from not only his hands but from his voice as well!

Chris Van Der Weide

Chris Van Der Weide

Board Member / Outreach Coordinator


Chris Van Der Weide is A United States Marine, major automotive enthusiast and impactful business co-owner of Ruthless Kustoms and honorary member of multiple car clubs within the Greater Cincinnati area, it is no doubt Chris is one fun guy to hang out with while he also honors our police/fire/military. He lives by the motto “live like you are dying” always willing to give you the shirt off his back, and his giving spirit continues as a board member on our nonprofit’s staff! You can guarantee that when cars and heroes are involved, THIS GUY is involved!

Shannon Van Der Weide

Shannon Van Der Weide

Volunteer Coordinator


Shannon is business woman/co-owner of Ruthless Kustoms and Body Restoration specialist at MetalKraft Coachewerkes. In her passion of artistic form and through her volunteer hands in our fine organization, she lives the embodiment of “never forgetting our heroes”. She is a military spouse and loves to support our police/fire/military. This includes even being an active participating member of the nonprofit “Patriot Pinup Cincinnati Chapter”. When our volunteers come out to help us in our mission and setup for our events, she is the initial contact person before during and after the events!

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How Can You Help

Your donations go straight to the families we honor at our events, the costs that incur with our events, and allow us to continue our mission honoring and serving fallen officers, firefighters and military service members. We are 100% a volunteer charity non-profit organization. No individual in our charity takes a salary or compensation of any kind. Donations can be made below or via our Facebook page via the link provided above.  

Already donated and wanting to do more? We are always looking for volunteers to assist us with our events. We also accept offers from high school students looking to complete community service hours as part of scholastic requirements for graduation/sports team program/etc. If you are interested and want to help our event staff with future events. Please feel free to complete the volunteer form with all the important information.

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Back the Blue Rumble is a tax exempt public charity (Federal Tax ID # 83-4125871). 

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