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Snyder funeral proves unique experience for county Pipes & Drums band

CHESTERFIELD, MO (KTVI) - It is customary to hear bagpipes when an officer is laid to rest. But for St. Louis County officers, the experience at Officer Blake Snyder’s funeral was unique.

This was the first time the musicians played for one of their own.

”This one hits home. That we’re burying someone who wears the uniform that we do,” Detective David Sandbach said.

The St. Louis County Police Pipes & Drums formed in 2003. The department has not lost an officer in a line-of-duty death since 2000.

“It’s a responsibility that we feel to the family, really,” Lt. Francis Gomez said.

Gomez worked in the Affton/Southwest precinct where Officer Snyder was also stationed.

Snyder died after he was shot while responding to a disturbance call October 6.