Supporting Those That Have Fallen

Operation Open Arms Impact

In 2020, we were able to come to the assistance for 12 police/fire departments within the Tristate area. 

Grants given to us through Walmart, Chipotle enabled us to feed and support the Union Township Police/Fire Department as well as the Clermont County Sheriff’s Department.  


Over 90 officers/firefighters/dispatchers were shown gratitude they deserve for serving and protecting our community.

This was done in partnership with Patriot Grill, a veteran owned food truck serving patriotism and great food to hungry heroes like these gentlemen!


Emergency Trauma kits and medical supplies were provided to more than 100 sheriff deputies in 4 counties in Northern Kentucky thanks to partners such as Whiskey & Wishes foundation and the grant they awarded our organization.  





Even brand new radios were provided to the Seven Mile Police Department in Butler County, Ohio.  $7,500 total in cost as well as life saving trauma kits were given.  It’s our way to let even the small departments know that we have their back!




Overall total impact towards our heroes in 2020 yielded over $17,500 thanks to our donors, and grantors.  It is our hope that we are able to expand our service and support to encompass the entire areas of Ohio/Indiana/Kentucky.



Departments served

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.


Officer Jason Ellis, Bardstown Kentucky Police Department

Officer Jason Ellis, Bardstown Kentucky Police Department

Jason Ellis was born September 22, 1979 in Cincinnati, OH, a police officer for the Bardstown Police Department, a K-9 officer, a 1998 graduate of Glen Este High in Cincinnati, where he was a first team all-city in 1998 and player of the year in the Queen City Conference, played baseball for what is now the University of Cumberlands in Williamsburg, KY and in the minor league Billings Mustangs in Montana. He was active in youth sports in Nelson County as a coach. He is a member of the N.N.D.D.A. K-9 association, local Fraternal Order of Police # 43, Special Response Team, and attended Bloomfield Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his father, Charles D. Ellis; maternal grandfather, Eugene Heming; maternal grandmother, Grace Marie Heming; and paternal grandmother, Anna Lou Ellis.

He is survived by his wife, Amy Phillips Ellis; two sons, Hunter Ellis and Parker Ellis, all of Bloomfield, KY; mother, Pamela Sue Dearwester of Cincinnati; two sisters, Kelly (Andy) Ellis Eastman, and Lacey (Brandon) Ellis Young, all of Amelia, OH; three nieces; and four nephews.


Detective Jorge Del Rio, Dayton Ohio Police Department

Detective Jorge Del Rio, Dayton Ohio Police Department

Jorge Del Rio, age 55 was born on February 25, 1964 in Mexico City, Mexico and passed away on Thursday, November 7, 2019 at Grandview Hospital in Dayton, Ohio. He was preceded in death by his mother, Beatriz Hernandez and daughter, Dana Shafeek.

He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife, Kathy Del Rio, daughters, Ariel Del Rio Busch (Steven), Erica Hampton (Devin), Veronica Del Rio and Naya Del Rio; granddaughters, Aliyah Shafeek, Luna Hampton and Santana Busch and a host of family, friends, and colleagues.

Officer Del Rio received seven written commendations, two letters of appreciation and one-unit citation during his 30-year career with the Dayton Police Department and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) taskforce. 

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

– Wallace Bruce

3rd 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)

List of Specials to be awarded:  

Best of Classics “Pre-1980” (Honoree’s Family Pick)

Best of Modern Class “1981 – Newer” (Honoree’s Family Pick)

(With year breaks TBD):  

Best/Runner up to 1940s and older, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, and 2010s and newer

Rest of Specials:  

Best Truck Classic (1980 and older), Best Truck Modern (1981 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 five board members in the Cincinnati Tri-State Community including three military veterans, and partnered with local chapters and charities such as the Police Wives of Ohio Cincinnati Chapter. 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”.


Theresa Heeger

Theresa Heeger

Executive Director

Theresa is a 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.


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.

Contact Us via phone at (502)759-2660 or fill out email us below your questions


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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). 

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

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