AFFTON, MO (KTVI)- Hearts are still heavy after a fallen hero was laid to rest Thursday. Friends, family and fellow officers did their best to cope with the loss of Officer Blake Snyder.
The funeral was at the St. Louis Family Church and St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar helped put things in perspective. "To the officers there with Blake last Thursday morning, thank you for what you did. You did everything you could to protect a fellow officer, and because you were there, Blake did not die alone."
Snyder knew exactly what his life mission was. Simply to serve, serve God, his family, and his community. His brother-in-law, Officer Justin Sparks recalls what he said to Snyder when Blake told him he wanted to be an officer. "When Blake told me he wanted to become a policeman, I told him what my old school cop father told me: 'find your calling.'"
After the church service officer Snyder was taken to his final resting place in Godfrey, Illinois. Hundreds of police cars were in the procession on every overpass for the 50-mile route from the church to the cemetery. There were fire trucks with American flags and people standing along the route to honor him.
Today a fundraiser will be held in south St. Louis on The Hill.
If you didn't get to see everything on the funeral, download our FOX 2 app. That is where you can watch more of our coverage, including the hymn Snyder's brother-in-law wrote for a fallen officer, which he recited for the first time to honor his loved one.
You can also look at the moving images and find out ways to donate to Backstoppers and support Snyder's young family.
Backstoppers will host Boots on the Ground and Don Brown Chevrolet will match the giving toward Backstoppers, dollar-for-dollar up to $10,000. Volunteers from local fire and police departments, as well as Don Brown Chevrolet will circulate through The Hill neighborhood, collecting donations.
Donors can call and give by credit card over the phone by calling (314) 772-1400. They can give cash at the dealership or write a check to Backstoppers Inc., or give online.
Backstoppers "Boots on the Ground"
Honoring Office Blake Snyder
Friday, October 14th
The Hill neighborhood