Sergeant Howard James Snider

Sergeant Howard James Snider

Ames Police Department, Iowa

End of Watch Sunday, June 17, 2012

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.


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

Incident Details

  • Cause Drowned

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5 years have gone by too fast Sarge. I miss you everyday. I'll never forget the lessons you taught me.

Ames PD

June 18, 2017

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