Sergeant Howard James Snider

Sergeant Howard James Snider

Ames Police Department, Iowa

End of Watch Sunday, June 17, 2012

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Howard James Snider

Sergeant Howard Snider drowned in Lake Geode while attempting to save a young girl who was in a boat that was drifting away from the dock as the result of strong waves.

He jumped into the water without a life jacket to bring the boat back to shore but suffered a pulmonary embolism and sank below the surface. His body was recovered two hours later.

Sergeant Snider was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and had served with the Ames Police Department for 23 years. He is survived by his wife and two children.

Bio

  • Age 51
  • Tour 23 years
  • Badge 824
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Drowned

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Hard to believe it's been over 6 years. You were and still are an amazing inspiration to me and many others. Your teachings and humor are daily reminders of your talent and service.

Deputy Chief Darin VanRyswyk
Iowa State University Police

December 27, 2018

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