CHESTERFIELD, MO (KTVI) - St. Louis County Police Officer Blake Snyder was laid to rest Thursday afternoon. The sound of bagpipes and drums lead the procession of officers who carried Snyder’s flag-draped casket into the St. Louis Family Church. Strong emotions filled people’s hearts.
His brother, Adam, thanked everyone for the tremendous show of support, and he remembered the tragic day his brother was killed.
“On the morning of October 6, our perfect world was taken from us,” Adam said. “And while we mourn the loss of a great man, we couldn’t be more proud.”
Officer Justin Sparks, Blake’s brother-in-law, was overwhelmed by grief. Through tear-filled eyes, he pledged to take care of Blake’s surviving family.
“I will be your arms holding up Elizabeth and I will be your hands blessing and guiding your son to manhood,” Sparks said. “As long as there are those who are willing to sacrifice God’s most precious gift of life for others to lay themselves down, I promise we will prevail and good will overcome evil.”
In song and prayer, they reflected on Blake’s life. He was devoted to mentoring young people at his church. He was determined in getting drunk drivers off the roads.
“He was the best our community had to offer and made decision out of character and integrity to put others first,” said St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar.
Many talked of Blake Snyder’s strong faith and his dedication in making his faith part of his daily life.
“Blake lived to serve others and he died to serve others,” said St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger.
Both the county executive and police chief pledged enduring support for Blake’s wife and son. The chief said they are now forever a part of the St. Louis County Police Department family.
All state and government flags in St. Louis County were flown at half-staff for the day.
Watch the entire funeral and procession to the cemetery here:
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‘You are a better man than I, brother’ – Officer Snyder’s brother-in-law gives emotional eulogy
St. Louis says goodbye to Officer Blake Snyder. Many are standing on area overpasses to watch the funeral procession
Images from the McKelvey overpass at I-270
Mourners still are coming out of the church, about 45 minutes after ceremony concluded and 20 minutes after procession left.
— Christine Byers (@ChristineDByers) October 13, 2016
This concludes the funeral service.
“I think Blake would want all of us to surrender our lives to Jesus to have that amazing grace.” ~Pastor Jeff Perry
Bawling over the testimonies about Officer Blake Snyder. What a beautiful life we celebrate💙
— Allison Hill (@allis0nhill) October 13, 2016
“When Blake stepped up, he stepped up to serve the Lord.” ~Pastor Jeff Perry
“The Bible does say we’ve all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.”
“To err is human, to forgive is divine.”
“The Bible says if anyone is in Christ, they become a new creation.” ~Pastor Jeff Perry
“Rest now hero true.. Lord take him home with you…” ~Officer Justin Sparks
“You’re a better man than I brother. You’re a better man than me.” ~Officer Justin Sparks
“I will live out your dreams and be your arms holding up Elizabeth…” ~Officer Justin Sparks
“I knew the pain and tragedy that he would see…” ~Officer Justin Sparks, brother-in-law
“I promise you we will prevail and good will overcome evil.”
“I have never been more confident in our righteous cause. Let me tell you why. Love is why. That is the answer.”
~Officer Justin Sparks, brother-in-law
“You’ve taught us to be one with Christ, and walk with the Lord in our hearts. For that I am eternally grateful.” Adam Snyder
“My heart is torn from the memories that we will not be able to create…” Adam Snyder
‘Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God and believe in me.’ John 14: 1
“Every night I’ll be waiting for the real possibility that I may meet you in my dreams and we’ll go to sleep. Please come back…” ~Adam Snyder, brother of Officer Blake Snyder
“Myself and Blake, our lives were perfect… because it was filled with love and that’s all we needed.”
“We knew that it was his calling from God to serve and protect others.”
“The outpouring of love and support that you’ve shown for a complete stranger is something that I can’t put into words. I know my brother; he would’ve said it was unnecessary. He was just doing his job.”
Adam Snyder, brother of Officer Blake Snyder
“Blake wouldn’t want you to be angry and neither does God. If hate breeds hate then surely love breeds love.” ~Pastor Duane Vancil
“He may not have had everything. But what he did have, he was willing to give.” ~Pastor Duane Vancil
“The definition of a difference is a point in which people and things are not the same.” ~Pastor Duane Vancil
“What he did leave was a mark on our lives. A mark of love and of leadership.” ~Pastor Duane Vancil
“My son is 17-years-old and a senior in high school. He had the opportunity to hang around Blake. He wants to become an officer.” ~Pastor Duane Vancil
“I’m reminded during these times that freedom is not free. Blake Snyder is our newest American hero. God bless.” ~Chief Jon Belmar
“I want to thank the officers from around our nation that have joined us here today.”
“I pray that the good Lord gives you comfort during this difficult time.”
“It’s difficult to find the words to express my profound sorrow.”
“He was the best our community had to offer.”
“I knew him to shake his hand. I stood next to him in Ferguson.”
“Blake Snyder was such man. He made a decision to put others first.”
~Chief Jon Belmar
“On the job he proved his devotion to the residence of St. Louis County and beyond.”
“He was truly a man for others.”
“Please know that St. Louis County and the entire Metro area… and the entire nation stand behind you and are ready to offer our support.” ~Steve Stenger
“No words can fill the empty place in your hearts.”
“I am truly humbled and honored today to speak in rememberance of St. Louis County Police Officer Blake Snyder.”
“He has left us a very clear indication of his belief in and trust in the Lord.” Pastor Jeff Perry
Pastor Jeff Perry of the St. Louis Family Church will give the eulogy.
St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger and Chief Jon Belmar are expected to speak.
His widow wanted this moment captured for their two-year-old son.
Funeral procession at I-64 and Clarkson
This is a view of the Officer Snyder funeral procession from Bommarito Automotive Group SkyFOX helicopter
Funeral procession now at I-64 and I-270
Kirkwood police and fire at Dougherty Ferry and 270
You’re watching the montage of images being shown inside the church before the funeral
The funeral procession is at I-270 and Clayton right now
Banners for Officer Snyder draped over area highway overpasses