Support grows for family, colleagues of Officer Snyder

ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Several organizations are pledging support to the family and colleagues of St. Louis County Police Officer Blake Snyder.

Snyder was shot while responding to a disturbance call early Thursday morning in the Green Park neighborhood in south St. Louis County.

The St. Louis Police Wives Association has been coordinating with various businesses who have expressed interest to help members of the Affton-Southwest precinct, where Snyder worked.

“If they want to donate food, or funding, or anything of that sort, we make sure it goes to the right people, and the right places,” St. Louis Police Wives Association Vice President Barbara O’Connor said.

BackStoppers representatives met with the Snyders Thursday afternoon and has committed long-term support to the family. The organization presented the family a $5,000 check.

If you’re unfamiliar with BackStoppers, the support doesn’t end there. BackStoppers’ mission is to take care of the families of first responders who either died in the line of duty or suffered catastrophic injury.

Ron Battelle, the former St. Louis County police chief and current executive director of BackStoppers, said it is through the help of the charity that families can have their expenses covered, which includes health insurance, mortgages, as well as education for the children.

“In this case, a 2-year-old son of Officer Snyder. We’re going to take care of him,” Battelle said. “I always say, we care for those kids from daycare to college. And that’s what we do. And we’ll do that in this case.”

BackStoppers will host a fundraiser event at Bandana's BBQ in Sunset Hills on Gravois Road this Friday at 10:30 a.m. A giant card will be available that people can sign to show support for the Snyder family, which will later be presented to the family. Approximately 15 percent of Bandana's proceeds will be donated to BackStoppers.

At present, BackStoppers is taking care of 80 families, which includes 66 children.

And the St. Louis County Police Welfare Association is collecting money for Officer Blake Snyder. Money donated will go directly to his family. People need to just leave a note that they want the money to go to his family and can send a check to:

St. Louis County Police Welfare Association
St. Louis County Police Headquarters
7900 Forsyth, Clayton, Mo 63105