Wagner, Davis Invite Family of Fallen Police Officer Snyder to Joint Address

Feb 23, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) and Congresswoman Ann Wagner (R-Mo.) today announced that Elizabeth Snyder, widow of fallen St. Louis County Police Officer Blake Snyder, and her brother, Justin Sparks, a fellow St. Louis County Police Officer, will be their guests to President Donald J. Trump’s first Joint Session Address to Congress on Tuesday. 

“Officer Snyder gave his life while serving and protecting our communities,” said Congressman Davis. “We owe a great deal of gratitude to all of our police officers and their families who provide an invaluable support system to our first responders. I’m honored to have Elizabeth and Justin as our guests to next week’s address to share their stories and advocate on behalf of our law enforcement. In today’s environment, bridging the gap that has formed in some communities between police officers and those they serve can be incredibly challenging but it starts by understanding the human faces behind the badges. This is certainly one of our goals of honoring the life of Officer Snyder and his family who has dedicated their lives to public service.”

“Officer Snyder was a true hero who selflessly put his own life on the line to protect our families, while leaving behind his own. It is an honor to host Elizabeth and Justin in Washington for this historic event, as their strength, conviction and unwavering support for our first responders is nothing short of heroic,” said Congresswoman Wagner.  “It is because of stories like theirs—positivity in the wake of tragedy—that will help close the divide between our communities and law enforcement. I am grateful for Elizabeth’s and Justin’s commitment to public service as we move forward as a nation under the leadership of President Trump.”

The Joint Session is scheduled for Tuesday, February 28, 2017, at 9 p.m. EST.


Officer Blake Snyder’s Story

33-year-old St. Louis County Police Officer Blake Snyder of Edwardsville, Ill, was tragically killed in the line of duty on October 6, 2016. He was responding to a disturbance call around 5 a.m. when he was shot and killed at point blank. Officer Snyder was the 97th law enforcement officer killed in the United States in 2016.

Law enforcement leaders from across the region praised Officer Snyder and remembered him as a dedicated public servant. St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said he was a “tremendous police officer,” and former St. Louis County Police Chief Ron Battelle said he was highly regarded by his fellow officers and command staff.

Officer Snyder leaves behind his wife Elizabeth Snyder and their two-year-old son Malachi. His career in law enforcement was inspired by his late father-in-law, who also served as police officer, and brother-in-law, Justin Sparks, a fellow St. Louis County Police Officer who delivered the eulogy at Officer Snyder’s funeral.