The idea of the Back the Badges BBQ was the brain child of Eric Seymour who is a former Navy Corpsman, Paramedic and Law Enforcement Officer himself. After moving into the business world Eric wanted to find a way to pay it forward to a community that works so hard to keep us safe. Eric had the idea of a BBQ, but not the ordinary hamburger and hot dog setup, he wanted an all out Texas BBQ. When Eric went to his wife Sara about the event she was super excited about the idea and the lesson of teaching their son to pay it forward and showing respect to those who are willing to give all. Between Sara and Eric’s office manager Sasha (the heavy lifter) they took the idea and made it what it has become today.
Our focus is to make sure that the first responder community understands that they are appreciated and supported by people within their communities. While a simple meal may seem insignificant to many, it has proven to be incredibly powerful for our responders. No media, no strings, no politics just thank you.
We are also laser focused on bridging the divide between the first responders protecting our communities and the communities they serve. The media pushes its agenda, however It is up to us to rewrite the narrative that people are not hated for the color of their skin or the uniform they are in. We are determined to connect hearts and minds through community outreach programs.