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St. Louis County park officially named in honor of Ofc. Snyder

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Officer Blake Snyder was shot and killed while on duty on October 6 (KMOV). Officer Blake Snyder was shot and killed while on duty on October 6 (KMOV).

AFFTON, Mo. (KMOV.com) –  St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger signed an executive order Tuesday evening renaming Clydesdale Park in honor of Ofc. Blake Snyder.

Monday, Stenger said he was made aware of a petition circulating on Change.org to rename the park in honor of the fallen officer. In fact, he said he was already trying to figure out a way to do a dedication in honor of Ofc. Snyder.

“I think it’s a great thing to do.  It’s something that I’m fully behind.  One of the first things we did early this morning was trying to make a determination of legally exactly how it would be accomplished.  I think we have a pretty good idea of that right now.  So this is something we’re going to move forward with,” Stenger said.

After careful deliberation with his office, Stenger said a petition isn’t needed to make the change happen because it can be done by way of an executive order.

“[The petition going around is] unnecessary but I will tell you that public showing of support is extraordinarily important and is greatly appreciated by Officer Snyder’s family and it’s greatly appreciated by our police department and greatly appreciated by St. Louis County government,” he said.

Snyder was 33 when he was fatally shot Oct. 6 after answering a disturbance call. A second officer returned fire, injuring the 18-year-old suspect, Trenton Forster. Forster is charged with first-degree murder.

“This type of dedication is the least that we can do and I would imagine that over the months and years to come there will be more dedications just like this,” Stenger said.

Stenger signed the executive order at 6 p.m. at the St. Louis County Council Chambers, changing the park’s name to “Officer Blake C. Snyder Memorial Park.”

The county’s parks website shows that the park first opened in 1976 as Gravois Creek Park and was renamed Clydesdale Park in 1983.

Click here to view the petition. 

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