Kenneth Eugene SniderSedgwick County Sheriff's Office, Kansas
End of Watch: Friday, April 18, 1997
Reflections for Patrol Sergeant Kenneth Eugene Snider
"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service
July 14, 2012
I think of your laughter most often, and your quick-witted jokes. You always talked about going out on your boat with your current wife, and were constantly trying to get us to go skiing with you. I still remember hearing of your death, how very hard it was for me to even grasp the thought that you were gone. Yes, you cross my mind often, even after all these years. I still have to smile as I reminisce about all of those stand-bys we worked, you as SO and me as EMS at the Coliseum. Thanks for the memories Officer Snider.
Brenda (Wade) Reimer
Past SG CO EMS Reserve
December 12, 2011
It's still hard for me to believe you are gone, even after all these years. You were and always be my hero, thank you for looking over me. Heaven knows without you here I need it and I know you are always with me.
July 18, 2011
The kind of officer/supervisor we all aspire to be. I did not know you but I admire you tremendously and wish I had of known you for your friends speak highly of SNIDER. Godspeed WARRIOR and brother in blue. Always remember, sir!
April 25, 2011
On today, the 14th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Sedgewick County. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.
April 18, 2011
I met Snider in the early 80's while working security at Towne East Square. He was on the S.O. and the mall was his part time job. I had always wanted to get into law enforcement and he was very instrumental in that happening. I went on my first ride along with him shortly after that and joined the reserves as soon as I turned 21. He was my training officer when I was on the reserves and when I became a deputy. He was a larger than life individual. His booming voice commanded authority and he would always enter and leave a room with a joke or a quip. I remember walking into the squad room with him and he said "The Snazz has arrived, all you other lower life forms may now be seated". He was one of the funniest people that I have ever met. Above all, Snider was a dedicated and astute lawman. People respected him. He kind of reminded you of an old western sheriff. He was a gruff looking person and could be gruff and grumpy until he had his required daily dose of man-pop, the nector of the gods. Course coffee didn't take all of that away. That was just part of his charm. He had a look and walk to him that said "authority". There are many funny stories and fond memories of my time spent working with Ken. He was a friends friend, a mans man and a cops cop. The world lost a great man when he died. Rest in peace Ken, you are missed.
January 25, 2011
I remember Ken from the 1980's when I was a Reserve Deputy at Sedgwick County S.O. Ken was my very best friend, and he taught me a lot about Law Enforcement. I remember a night when the siren broke on his patrol car when I rode squad with him. He told me to "just roll down the window and make that siren sound real loud, they will pull over, or I'll run um off the road". He was sooo funny. I miss him very much. Take care my brother, 'til we meet again.
Deputy Walter R.Brown
Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office
February 16, 2010
The Last Call
In Honored Memory of Sgt. Kenneth E. Snider
As Read by Governor George Pataki
at the 2003 New York State Police Memorial
“We all remember the day our friend made his last call
We honor his memory and his deeds
He placed society above his earthly needs
We remember the last time we joked together at roll call
The last trip he made down the squad room hall
The last words of instruction, encouragement, and friendship we heard
We remember his quick smile, his sharp wit
The boundless energy for his life’s work
All without regret
We shall remember him long after those he served Shall forget
We believe we remember that last call
Where he was called upon to give his all
Whether a burglary or domestic violence we think we know
For in that moment another voice called him for joy
And us for sorrow
The last call our friend answered in the line of duty
Was not of man
It was a call to peace, a call to rest
For our friend had given his best
He had passed every test…
When God called him home.”
Sgt. Oscar Thomasson
Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office
October 16, 2009
I just came across this site while reading about the recent SGCO Deputy ambushed in the line of duty and found out about this incident. I remember him from my time with the Clearwater PD and know he is dearly missed by many. I send my respect to his peers and prayers to his family.
Formerly Clearwater PD
October 5, 2009
Im James Stevenson or Jc son. You were a great friend of his and he misses you everyday but i want to stop in here and say after my dad was a cop for 40 years and he has retired all of us in a law enforcement family are all afected by what happens when a officer is killed it doesnt matter if it was yesterday or in 20 years.
September 30, 2009
Kenneth E. how about a cup of "Man Pop", for the road Bud. I think I still have your dept award designs around here somewhere. Remember those, OMG. I'll never forget you. I'll stop and talk the next time I go out to visit Beverly. You are only 100 feet away.
Next time I see you we'll have a cup of that "Nector Of The God's.
Your Friend B
(Ret) Capt. Bryan Brimer
Sedgwick County Sheriff Dept
September 29, 2009
I sit here today and I can not help but think of you. You were one of a kind SNAAZ!! You live on forever in our memories.
September 29, 2009
After reading these reflections i know you will make welcome another young man from your agency that was taken from his loved ones recently. It sounds like you were one of the best, making jokes, being a friend and a leader and for some reason it seems EVIL always targets the best. Your suspect has had to meet his maker as well and now burns for an enternity. God Bless you sir
Gary Mintz, Public Safety Supervisor
Warren Wilson College D.P.S. NC
September 29, 2009
Your heroism and service is honored today, the twelth anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.
Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.
Rest In Peace.
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater
April 29, 2009
I am sitting here stunned looking at your photo and finding you were taken too! I hadn't been here since reading about Chris. You were another of the night crew who treated the military "reserve wannabes" like every other deputy. You busted us out and we had some good laughs riding along. I will never forget us responding to the "man with a shotgun" on North Rock Road one night. I thought you were going to kill us both before we got there, just driving like a mad man. Ha Ha. Thanks for the example you were to me. You, all the night crew and Sgt. Parker in the 80's were men who impressed me and exemplified what being a Deputy Sheriff was all about. May God bless your family. Until we meet again..take it easy brother.
Sergeant Ramsey Mannon
Effingham County SO GA
December 16, 2008
It's hard to believe that it has been eleven years since that night that one of our officers knocked on my door to tell me you had been stabbed and were "code blue, cram zero" enroute to St. Francis. I drove like a fool to the hospital to be there when you arrived. I knew when I saw you that I had lost my partner and one of my best friends. The grief I felt was almost unbearable. I couldn't believe that a stupid steak knife could kill a man who was larger than life.I almost lost my mind at times for several months after. It took years to be able to think of you without crying.
But we go on. I have wonderful memories of the good times we had as patrolmen, detectives and sergeants together on third detail. You were the best Kenny. There will never be another like you.
Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound and who disquised as a mild mannered sheriff's officer fights a never ending battle for truth, justice and the american way. Bomp Ba Baaah!!
Take care pal. God bless you.
Lt. Jerry Byerly, Retired
Sedgwick County Sheriff Dept
June 18, 2008
My thoughts are with all of your loved ones and close friends today as they drift back into the past and remember those fond memories of you. You have not been forgotten as a hero never dies. Continue to keep watch over all of those close to you as they continue to carry you in their hearts. You have not been forgotten.
Father of Fallen Officer: Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04
April 18, 2008
I AM AN ADMIRER OF THIS WEBSITE AND VISIT IT OFTEN. I WENT TO WICHITA STATE UNIVERSITY AND STUDIED CRIMINAL JUSTICE. I OFTEN DID RIDE ALONGS WITH SEDGWICK COUNTY DEPUTIES WHEN I LIVED IN WICHITA, AND DECIDED TO READ ABOUT THEIR FALLEN DEPUTIES. AS I READ THE REFLECTIONS ABOUT SGT. SNIDER...I LAUGHED ON A NUMBER OF OCCASIONS. IT SOUNDS AS IF HE WAS THE TYPE OF PERSON THAT EVERYONE HOPES TO WORK BESIDE AT SOME POINT IN THEIR CARRER. THE BEST STORY "TELL DR. SNIDER" IN THE WHITE LAB WAS SO FUNNY I HAD TO SHARE IT WITH MY CO-WORKER. I'M SURE THAT HE IS MISSED TERRIBLY BY MANY! HEAVEN NEEDED A FUNNY MAN!
LEAVENWORTH COUNTY S.O.
SUSIE THORNE (DISPATCHER/WIFE OF DEPUTY)
January 24, 2008
He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.
He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.
Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.
He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.
His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.
He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.
And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.
But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.
Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.
Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.
So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.
In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.
Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.
David L. Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
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Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC
October 25, 2007
Snider, that's what I knew him as. I was a young teenager when I met him at the Thunder hockey games. I am an avid hockey fan but I would usually spend most of the game talking and hearing stories from Snider. For a kid without a father this meant the world to me. The sad thing is I didn't realize it until now. Attending his funeral I felt as if I'd lost a father. While I've had my petty troubles with the law, I'll never give more respect to anyone than law enforcement officers. Ken showed me that behind that badge is a person you just might call a friend and a role model. God bless all of you.
October 4, 2007
I just found this page. Ken was a training officer when I went thru the academy - then became a beat partner when I went to third shift.
But, more importantly, he became a good friend. The memories I have will be with me forever. The stories we could tell on each other.
Life isn't fair - not when the good ones are taken from us.
Love You Bud
Quad County DTF
July 13, 2007
Ken was a lot of fun he had a great since of humor and loved his job. He liked to tease and play jokes which is helpful when you do the kind of work they do. I will never forget his oneryness and will be forever greatful for the time he served.
God bless you Ken I miss you. I pray his family is doing well.
Hugszzzzzzzz to Heaven
May 16, 2007
A man remembered with love and respect never dies but continues on in the hearts and minds of others.
April 18, 2007
10 years ago today was your EOW. Sounds like you
were one of a kind. Thanks for your 20 years of
service. Sounds like you made it so much fun!
April 18, 2007
I will always remember the Tornado of '92. They made me dispatch because you can't direct traffic in a Harley T-shirt. When we were done, you looked me in the eye and told me "You did an excellent job." It was the best compliment I ever got in 15 years.
October 12, 2006
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