Supporting Those That Have Fallen

About us & Our mission

Back the Blue Rumble dba Back the Heroes 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 two 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

President/Co-Founder/Treasurer

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.

Amy Donley

Amy Donley

VP of Marketing/Board Member

 

Amy Donley is our VP of Marketing and one of our new board members. Amy has several years of experience helping veterans, service members, first responders and their families working for WTF Nation Radio, “The Voice of US Army WTF Moments” as their Executive Assistant and Social Media Manager. While Amy has been helping our nations heroes on a national level, she hopes to be able use her skills to help our heroes within the region we serve (Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky).

Jason Marsh

Jason Marsh

VP of Community Outreach/Board Member

 

Jason comes to Back the Heroes Rumble with 12 years military experience as an 11B (infantry) and reclassed to 91B (Wheeled Mechanic).  He has 3 tours of duty overseas with the Army in both Operation Iraqi Freedom & Operation Enduring Freedom campaigns.  After his service ended, he quickly went into action continuing to serve his military brothers/sisters by aiding in Suicide/PTSD awareness while furthering the cause with Mission 22 and Til Valhalla Project's partnership.  Now with his love of cars/trucks and anything automotive related, he is 'driven' to serve our heroes in law enforcement/fire-ems/military communities while doing what he loves within the automotive industry by being on our board and car show committee.

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

 

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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.