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. 



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.


Fao. Daryl E. Gordon, of cincinnati, ohio.


2nd Annual

Back the Heroes Rumble

Car Show

Hosted by:

Back the Blue Rumble Corp – A non-profit corporation


August 1st, 9am – 4pm; Rain makeup date August 15th


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.



The Fine Print:

Top 25 : 1991 and Newer (Modern Class)

Top 25 : 1973 – 1990

Top 25 : 1972 and Older

List of Specials to be awarded:  

Best of Show (Honoree’s Family Pick)

(With year break 1980 and older and 1981 and Newer):  

Best 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 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


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


Admission for public:

This event is free for the public.

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.  


"CHIEF" - $2,500

Booth space w/ water and electric access

Logo placement on shirt, event fliers,  and on the website.

Largest logo on banner with other sponsors displayed in smaller sizes

Day of Event mentions from DJ / Event organizers

Radio Ad mention on stations that participate

Logo placed at the top of the event information section on website

Personal thank you testimonial written on sponsor’s website/FB page for their support

Sponsorship recognition for remaining events Back the Blue Rumble events for 2 calendar year. (no additional sponsorship fee)

“LIEUTENANT” - $1,000.00

Booth space w/ water and electric access

Logo placement on shirt, event fliers,  and on the website.

Logo on banner with other sponsors in the Top 2 tiers

Day of Event mention from DJ / Event organizers

Radio Ad mention on stations that participate

Logo Placement on our website for 1 calendar year

Personal thank you testimonial written on sponsor’s website/FB page for support

Sponsorship recognition for remaining events Back the Blue Rumble events for 1 calendar year. (no additional sponsorship fee)

“SERGEANT” - $500.00

Booth space w/ water and electric access

Logo placement on shirt, event fliers,  and on the website.

Logo on banner with other sponsors in the Top 2 tiers

Day of Event mention from DJ / Event organizers

“PARTNER” - $350.00

Booth space w/ water and electric access

Logo placement on shirt, event fliers, and on the website.

Best of Show Trophy Sponsor - $200.00 -SPONSORED BY CINCY SUPERCARS
Car Show Class Trophy Sponsor - $100.00 (Classes Available Listed below)

Best Exotic (2 Trophies Included)

Best GM (2 Trophies)

Best Ford (2 Trophies)

Best Mopar ( 2 Trophies)

Best Import (2 Trophies)

Best Outsider (2 Trophies)

Best Truck Classic (1 Trophy)

Best Truck Modern (1 Trophy)

Best Motorcycle (1 Trophy)

Best Custom (1 Trophy)

Best HotRod (1 Trophy)

Law Enforcement’s Most Wanted

Firefighter’s Hottest of Show


Car Club of Show

Top 25 Sponsor - $100.00 (3 available)

Top 25 Year breaks (3)

1972 and Older

1973 to 1990

1991 and Newer

Patriot Sponsorship - $50.00

2020 Vendors

Vendors will be charged $100 booth fee. This is non-negotiable but in return we will not request for any of your proceeds earned at the event. You get a 10 ft x 10 ft booth space to setup unless you are a food vendor.  Space allotted for food vendors will be discussed so we meet your needs to safely operate.

About us

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.

This organization is consisted of eight board members in the Tri-State Community including four military veterans, 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 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 behind”.


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



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.

Damon Clark

Damon Clark

Board Member


Damon Clark is a shift manager at AAA.  When he is not working, he is assisting with the day to day functions of the nonprofit while being a devoted father to his 3 daughters.  Damon is an Army Combat Veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom whose heart and soul is poured into this cause to care the families of our fallen heroes.

Jared Cornell

Jared Cornell

Board Member


Jared Cornell is a retired U.S Army Apache Crew Chief who helps us run our nonprofit during his spare time.  He also is the lead singer of a rock band, Upright Fallen.  His passion is to serve our fallen heroes and their families. 

Shannon Van Der Weide

Shannon Van Der Weide

Board Member


Shannon Van Der Weide is an American Patriotic mother as a U.S Marine Corps wife.  She volunteers with the Cincinnati Patriot Pin Up Chapter as well as a newly joining board member of Back the Blue Rumble.  She volunteers at many local veteran charity events as well as shipping care packages to actively deployed troops in conjunction with the Yellow Ribbon Support Center and assists the homeless veteran community.  She co-owns and operates Ruthless Kustoms as a body shop customization and artwork mastermind throughout the active car community.  

Chris Van Der Weide

Chris Van Der Weide

Board Member


Chris Van Der Weide is a U.S Marine Corps Veteran born and raised in Texas.  He is also co-owner of Ruthless Kustoms.  Chris’ service to our country on countless occassions wasn’t just a choice of his, but rather family tradition.  His father served and achieved one of the highest ranks in the United States Air Force as well as served in Law enforcement within the FBI.  Chris has volunteered with the Texas State Governor during Hurricane Harvey in clean up assistance as well as to help his fellow local citizens in their time of need.  He now serves on our Board here at Back the Blue Rumble.

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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 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). 

All contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law.

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