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

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

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


$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.  



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

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 ten board members in the Tri-State Community including four 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 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

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.

Theresa Heeger

Theresa Heeger

VP of Program Funding Procurement / Grant Manager



Theresa is a board member who comes to us with plenty of experience in her position as grant manager.  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 understand what sacrifice it takes to be a servant to the community when the call is made for help. 


Lauran Maggard

Lauran Maggard

Social Media & Marketing Director



Lauran comes to the board as a new member with a degree in marketing and years of wealthy experience while also knowing what it takes as a family member to support their loved one while they are serving.  She is a military spouse whose husband is a veteran of the United States Army.  It is her hopes (as well as ours) that she can help us grow to the point where we serve ALL our nation’s heroes and expand beyond the Greater Cincinnati/NKY Area!

Patricia Woods

Patricia Woods

Community Relations Director


Patricia is a police wife with three amazing supportive children who know all too well what “sacrifice” means in today’s world as someone of service in police/fire/military. In January 2019, Dale Woods of the Colerain Police Department, was painfully ripped from our world when he was struck by a vehicle one rainy cold night and regrettably succumb to his injuries a few days later. Dale Woods legacy lives on through Patricia’s service to the community by running a nonprofit in Dale Woods’ name “Dale J Woods Memorial Foundation” and by being a active board member of Back the Blue Rumble hoping to not let him or any other fallen hero be forgotten.


Damon Clark

Damon Clark

Board Member / Event Safety & Security Lead


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 / Event Safety & Security Lead


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 / Volunteer Coordinator


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 / Outreach Coordinator


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 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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