Amid grief following slain officer’s funeral, local police answer the call of duty

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ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KTVI) - St. Louis County police officers were back on the streets hours following the funeral of Officer Blake Snyder. Even after a day spent in mourning, the call of duty never stops.

Some officers left the parking lot of the Affton precinct seeing people from the community arrive to pay their respects, dropping off balloons, posters, handwritten notes of thanks, and flowers.

Underneath it all, a St. Louis County police vehicle. Our partners at the St. Louis Post Dispatch report that vehicle is the one slain officer Blake Snyder would drive.

“This is my biggest fear,” said one woman leaving a pair of teddy bears at the memorial.

Jasminka Husidic was overtaken with grief. This loss hit close. Her son wants to be a police officer and starts the police academy in January.

She recalls his words. “Mom I want to protect people and I want to be there for you and for my neighborhood and everyone around,” she said.

Husidic has so much respect for police because she escaped war-torn Bosnia and this is where she’s felt safe because of them.

“I just want to say God bless every single one of them and I hope they're all safe every day,” Husidic said. “I hope this stops. I hope we appreciate cops more. They put their life in danger every day for us and we need to show them more how much we care about them."