ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – Elizabeth Snyder, the wife of Officer Blake Snyder, spoke to News 4 about her husband’s death and the outpouring of support from the community.
“I said, ‘love you, bye’ and I really regret it now,” Snyder recalled the last words she shared with her husband, Blake. “They were very routine because you don’t think it’s gonna happen to you, don’t think anything like that will happen, but I’m glad we had the conversation, that we did talk.”
She then woke up early Thursday, Oct. 6 to a phone call from her brother, Justin.
“He says, ‘Elizabeth wake up, get yourself up, get Malachi ready, something’s happening to Blake, It’s pretty serious,” Snyder said. “We’re rushing over there in the car and I’m getting more and more antsy because I’m hearing him talk to people and we’re about 10 minutes from the hospital, about 5 to 10 minutes and Justin gets another call and I could see it on his face.”
“I just started crying in my police car, lights on, driving down Highway 270 just praying and asking God to change his mind,” Justin recalled.
The next week, which led up to the burial, was a blur.
“I couldn’t see through my tears I was crying so hard,” said Snyder. “The police department did an amazing job honoring him in every way, I couldn’t have imagined anything more beautiful.”
She also recalled the community support that she saw during the procession.
“It just blesses me, it blesses my family to see so many people supporting law enforcement and supporting Blake’s memory, it was unbelievable, every overpass ever it was from start to finish there were people everywhere.”
Snyder said she will always carry Blake in her heart as she raises their 2-year-old son.
“I definitely think he knows something is not right. He asked for him a few times in the beginning then it died off because he’s had a lot of distraction, but Justin had to take me back to my house yesterday, which I haven’t been able to do, and Malachi was with us and we were just rounding the bend, not even to the house yet and he goes ‘daddy, daddy’ and he kept saying it and it breaks my heart because I don’t know what to say to him,” she said.
Snyder continue by saying she wants her son to remember his father as a man who served the community and gave his live for his passion.
“[I will tell Malachi his father was] an absolute hero to thousands of people, that he gave his life for strangers, for the community, for his passion for the people, and he’d do it again,” she said.
Snyder said the community outpouring has been amazing and helped her family to get through this difficult time.
“Thank you so much for everything, your kindness and support has kept us afloat in so many ways that I can’t even give an example. It’s overwhelming to know so many people out there support us and love us and really, deeply care for us and our law enforcement community, so thank you so much.”
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