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.