Officer Blake Snyder was shot and killed by an 18-year-old suspect one week ago. He leaves behind a wife, Elizabeth, and 2-year-old boy.
Snyder became a policeman because Elizabeth's dad, Mike Sparks, was a police officer who died from cancer prematurely. Also, her brother, Justin Sparks, is a St. Louis County officer.
This is an excerpt from Adam Snyder's eulogy at his brother's funeral:
"Things are not the same. On behalf of the Snyder family and the Sparks family I would like to thank everyone. Thank you to family and friends, for all your love and support. It is incredible.
Thank you to the community. The outpouring of love and support you have shown for a complete stranger is something I cannot put into words. I know my brother. He would've said it was unnecessary. He was just doing his job. But, he would've been honored.
The biggest thank you goes to the men and women in uniform. This is what you put your lives on the line for every day. When you go to work not knowing what the future holds. There is no way we would be able to thank you enough for your love, support, and service.
In December of 2012, Blake graduated from the Police Academy. We celebrated. I am proud of what he accomplished in his calling. We were silently afraid. Afraid of the unspeakable possibilities that the future might hold.
There were many times when dad, mom and myself would gather. That is all we could talk about. We would talk about how scared we were and we wanted to do anything we could to protect him. But not once did we ever say anything or discourage him because we knew it was his calling from God to serve and protect others.
Myself and Blake -- Our lives were perfect. But no more.
On the morning of October 6th our perfect world was taken from us. We mourn the loss of such a great young man. He was a son and a brother, a loving father. But, most importantly, he followed in God in every aspect of his life.
There are too many stories. I could go for days and weeks and months. Even if I could share all of them it would not do justice to his memory and legacy. Simply put, he was the best son, the best brother. By far the best husband in the best father. And the best friend.
Today we have not only the best, but the best of the best. Today we celebrate his life, not only his earthly life, but the eternal."