National police group visits St. Louis for Officer Snyder’s funeral

CHESTERFIELD, MO (KTVI) - Members of the Brotherhood of the Fallen were among the many officers attending Thursday's funeral services for St. Louis County Police Officer Blake Snyder. The brotherhood represents five departments from around the nation, including Chicago and New York.

Since The Brotherhood of the Fallen was formed in 2010, their members have been deployed to over 160 memorial services. And it's a been a busy year of travel for The Brotherhood, with more than 40 officers shot to death in the line of duty, a 58 percent increase over this time last year.

Members of the organization say they were in awe of the community.

"It's really cool to come into a community like this and see the cars and cars of just citizens. We know that the police officer units are going to be here, we know the patrol units are going to be here, we know the chiefs are going to make it but to see the community behind us is huge," said Officer Buddy Calzada, Fort Worth Police Department.

In addition to Fort Worth, The Brotherhood of the Fallen also includes officers from departments in Chicago, Illinois; New York City; Aurora, Colorado; and Suffolk County, New York.

The group presented Snyder's family with a $2,500 check.