When St. Louis police officer, Blake Snyder, 33, was killed in the line of duty in October 2016, he left behind his wife, Elizabeth, and their 2-year-old son, Malachi.
Blake was a four-year veteran of the force. He was responding to a disturbance call in the early hours of October 6th.
When he arrived at the scene, the suspect, an 18-year-old boy named Trenton Forester, pulled out a pistol and shot Blake.
According to the St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said, “It was an immediately fatal wound.”
Upon hearing about Blake’s death, another police wife from Granite City, Illinois, did something incredibly thoughtful and touching for his heartbroken family.
The woman reached out to a very special company named Thea’s Blessing Bears.
She sent Blake’s son, Malachi, a very special gift. Two teddy bears made out of his father’s police uniforms.
“She wanted us to have a piece of Blake with us, always,” said Elizabeth Snyder.
One teddy bear is wearing a patch from the St. Louis County Police Department.
The other is stitched with police identification No. 4153, which belonged to the 2-year-old’s father — Officer Blake Snyder.
The family are trying their best to cope with their grief, but as you can imagine, it’s been very difficult.