Lewis and Clark hosts memorial soccer game for Snyder family

Soccer brought the community together to help honor the fallen officer.

It is a soccer game the Godfrey community won't soon forget.

Hundreds attending a game at the alma mater of St. Louis County Police officer Blake Snyder who was killed last week in the line of duty.

Moments before Lewis and Clark’s soccer team kicked off their final game of the season, loved ones and former teammates of Blake Snyder gathered in front of the field he once competed on 14 years ago to remember one of their own.

"He played with my son back in 2001 and I remember his family as being such a giving family,"  said family friend Gayle Reitmeyer.

"It was just a big family and whether it was winning on the field or having a good time traveling it was that brotherhood that we shared together," said Blake Snyder's classmate Justin Deckard.

Justin Deckard and others are here to show support through donations.

"I just wanted them to know that we were behind them and we're here to support if there's anything we can do," Deckard said.

"He died doing exactly what he wanted to do." During a brief ceremony, Snyder’s father and former Vice President of Administration at Lewis and Clark Community College shared an emotional and heartfelt speech.

"As a police officer, he could not only serve, but he could protect. And that made all the difference," said, Blake Snyder’s father Emeritus Dick Snyder.

Blue ribbons lined the stands and Snyder's number 11 jersey hung high in his honor as the Trailblazers soccer team took on Parkland college.

"We were honoring Blake and we wanted to do the best we could to honor Blake and his lifestyle,"  Tim Rooney, head coach of Lewis and Clark’s soccer team.

Head Coach Tim Rooney says as his former player, Snyder displayed amazing character both on and off the field.

"He was just a good team player, one of the guys you want on your team," Rooney said.

The Trailblazers didn't come away with the victory Saturday, but Rooney says his guys would have made Snyder proud.

"We didn't give up, we played hard the whole time and I’m sure that's the kind of effort he would have given." 

(© 2017 KSDK)


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