Backstoppers to assist family of fallen Officer Blake Snyder

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- BackStoppers, Inc. will provide financial assistance to the family of fallen St. Louis County Officer Blake Snyder. The four-year-veteran was killed while responding to a disturbance call Thursday morning in Green Park.

Snyder and his partner, who were assigned to the Affton Southwest Precinct, responded to a call for a disturbance in the 10700 block of Arno Drive. St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar says Synder encountered Trent Forster in the driver’s seat of a vehicle. Synder asked to see Forster’s hands and that’s when the 18-year-old opened fire. Snyder’s partner returned fire, hitting him several times. He was injured and remains hospitalized in stable condition.

According to our partners at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Forster had a relationship with a female who lived in the house. Someone called for help when he demanded to be let in.

Snyder is being remembered as a faithful, reliable man of great character. His former Pastor, Jim Stern knew him and his wife Elizabeth very well. He officiated their wedding just three short years ago.

Friends and family say he became an officer because of his wife’s father, who was an officer and passed away from cancer.

His brother-in-law is also a St. Louis County police officer.

If you would like to donate funds that will go directly to P.O. Snyder’s family, make a note on the payment/check “P.O. Blake Snyder” or “In honor of P.O. Blake Snyder” to either organization.

For more information visit, Backstoppers.org or stlouisco.com/LawandPublicSafety/PoliceDepartment/WelfareAssociation.

FOX 2 will keep you updated with Snyder’s final funeral arrangements.

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