Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Officer James Robert Snedigar

Chandler Police Department, Arizona

End of Watch Friday, April 16, 1999

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Reflections for Officer James Robert Snedigar

Hard to believe it has been 20 years since Jim was taken. Not a day goes by that I don't have some reminder of that horrible day. Jim was a HERO and willingly went into danger, not only this day, but throughout his life. He is very missed. I miss our visits and conversations about Chandler, his service and his desire to be a leader in the SWAT team. I miss his huge smile, his laugh and his dedication to duty. But most of all I miss his friendship. He gave his heart freely and was a gentle giant of a man. His legacy of service continues with his son Rupert. What a joy it is to watch him develop into a great young man. Jim is very proud. To Dawn and the rest of the family, we love you all and pray your reunion with Jim in Heaven will bring peace, as I know the pain never goes away here.

Sgt. Kenny Thatcher, (Ret.)
Chandler PD

April 9, 2019

Uncle Jim Bob,

There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t miss you. I always look up to the clock at 3:12 and always manage to see the mile marker 312... I am honored to have known you and spent the time I had with you. Our Camping and fishing trips will never be forgotten. Our family dinners and birthdays, our daily adventures at the ranch will never be forgotten. I only wish that my husband and children would have had the honor of knowing you. My Mom, your sister misses you more than you know. Granny, your mom is one of the strongest women I know and she misses you but knows you are living the life with Dad, Papa.

I look up to you always and will always love and respect you. I teach my children everyday and hopefully they will become at least half the man you were. I have nothing but love and honor to share for you.

Love you so much Uncle Jim Bob,

Ashlee Helser

October 28, 2018

Uncle Jim bob, We miss you often. I have taken my son out to see where you rest in peace. I hope you've heard us talk to you. Still to this day you are remembered and adored. A lot has happened. But through it all you're always on my mind. I have felt you and poppa looking over me so many times. I have recently gotten in contact with my dad again, I think of you and how your own kids are still affected by you not being with us any more and it just makes me want to be great full my dad is here... I wish I could have known you, people speak so highly of you regardless of how many years pass by... You are still our hero. We love you and miss you. Fallen but never forgotten.

Hailee Snedigar

March 19, 2016

I remember this day in April 1999 like it was yesterday. I was at work in the hospital and had a page overhead to pick up the phone. I heard my then-husband's voice (another Chandler officer) telling me that he couldn't stay on the phone but he just had to tell me that he was okay and that "It's not me." I turned on the news and saw the tragedy.

The days after were brutal. Tears flowed often. The funeral procession was heartrending. Last Call/Final Call was the most gut-wrenching thing I'd ever experienced. And to this day, Ofc. Snedigar, I think of you.

Each time I see another officer down, I think of you...I pray for your eternal rest, and I pray for your family's peace. God bless you, thank you for your service and your ultimate sacrifice.

Ex-wife of a CPD officer

January 20, 2016

I was working at the Outback Steakhouse next to where it happened and just hurt so bad for the family and fellow officers for Officer Snedigar. Our restaurant was used as the command post, Triage & whatever else they needed. We did a fundraiser just after as well. I was just shaken at what just happened but also stunned by the men and women of all the police departments around. Officers breaking down crying while others were there to hold them up.

I couldn't be more proud of all the police officers during that tough time and for what they've done from here out. It has to be one of the hardest jobs in the world and they selflessly do it.

Thank you...

Steve Farrell
Former Citizen of Chandler, AZ

January 19, 2016

Another Christmas without are in my heart always and in my thoughts and memories daily! I find as the years tick by the empty spot in my heart grows ever larger and find I reminisce about the days together when our children were young. Happiest days of my life! Our children are all grown up, 5 grandchildren, one engaged and one married and in the academy to soon be a police officer at your home department. You would be very proud of who they have become, as I am. As for me I look at the beautiful mountain scenery and fish my days away, ever thinking, we were suppose to do this together. I know one day we will but until then I will catch your limit for you... Love you forever...

Thank you to all of the people who have left such kind sentiments regarding my husband. It gives me great comfort to know this incredible man is loved and not forgotten.

Dawn, your loving wife

December 21, 2015

Sgt. Snedigar was my first Squad Leader in 3d Ranger Battalion.He was the best of the best.No fear ever.RLTW

SGT.Roerish Army
3d Rangers 1st Plt. 3rd squad

June 8, 2015

I got ya buddy. You're not forgotten.

Mark Jones
Academy classmate and friend

April 18, 2015

Never Forgotten!


April 17, 2015

i went to school with his son and my dad knew him i think of him often and am not sure why
rip officer snedigar


October 29, 2014


We had only met once, out at the Ranch. I remember stepping out of the vehicle and wondering what one earth that smell was. My father replied, "That my dear, is the smell of money." I have since left Arizona, and now live in very rural Michigan. And to this day, I cannot smell cows without thinking of you. I remember that night, a small calf had somehow got out of its hutch and was stuck between hutches. It took a group to free it, and here I was, a little city girl that had never been a part of something like that. Thank you for showing me that the country is where I belong. The whole family misses you, and you will never be forgotten, even by those of us that you may have only crossed paths with once. May God bless you and your family.

Long Lost Cousin

October 31, 2013

I have just recently found out about the death of officer Snedigar, we served together as Army Rangers. He was a fine man and soldier that always would not hesitate in dangerous situations. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. RLTW !

Terry Richards E-5 Army Rangers

July 7, 2013



April 17, 2013

He was a good friend. We miss him and always have his family in our thoughts and prayers.
We rememeber Jim, we miss you,.

Pat M, Lt. ret.

April 16, 2013

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
Matthew 5:9

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

April 15, 2013

Jimmy, it has been over 13 years since you went to recon the pearly gates for us! I think of you often! I remember us sharing that last Winston cigarette under that poncho in Florida as we finished our last patrol in Ranger school! I remember drinking pitchers of beer and hoping we would be sober for PT in a few short hours! I remember hoping you would be proud of me because your approval was always needed! You mattered to me! I look forward to seeing you again my friend! Death does not scare me anymore because you have "led the way" yet again!! Always on point!

3/75 Rgr Regiment

October 6, 2012

Hey Jim Bob.. Jim was one of my very close friends in High School at Marcos De Niza. We played sports together, hung out at Jack in the Box. We all were proud to here that Jim had become an ARMY RANGER. Jim you touched so many of our hearts while you where here with us, that's also evident by all the wonderful reflections left on this website honoring you. I'am honored to have known you and proud to call you a close friend. God bless you and your family. I look foward to the day that we will again be together.

John,Johnson #76

John Johnson

September 13, 2012

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
Matthew 5:9

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

July 25, 2012

Just thinking of SGT Jim Snedigar of the 3d Ranger Battalion. he was a great Ranger who would do anything for his fellow Rangers. being the point man on the SWAT mission was typical of Ranger Snedigar. He continued to serve after leaving the Army, and is not forgotten.

John (JD) Driscoll
Friend and Fellow C Co 3d Ranger Battalion

June 16, 2012

Uncle Jim Bob, I didn't know you; all I remember is your face, We were sitting at the table in the dinning room of the Ranch you looked over and smiled at me. That is the only memory I have of you and I'm so happy it's a good one! Every where I go at least one person asks me if I am related to the Fallen Officer I honorably say "Yes I am" I love you and I miss you, I can't wait to see you again. You have not been forgotten!

Hailee Snedigar
Jim Bob's niece

February 8, 2012

Over the years--I have lost so much, but have never forgotton.


December 25, 2011

Here still. Teaching now and headed to USC for my doctorate. BTW......your name is on the back of my Yellow Brick from the FBI NA. Keeping you honored and remembered in my classroom. Semper Fi (I know you'd hate that!)

Mark Jones

April 19, 2011

May God Bless ALWAYS your family and friends Thank u for your sacrifice for us all. I got the honor n priviledge to get to know one of your family members Michelle and her son Bailey. They miss you sooooo much....

May you always watch over your family and friends Officer James Snedigar

God B with you all.

Friend of Michelle and Bailey daughter of Officer James Snedigar

June 28, 2010

What a Man should be!!! Thank-You for your service to your Country and your City! We will ALWAYS keep you in our hearts!


April 16, 2010

Another year has passed and you are still admired and respectfully remembered in the hearts and minds of so many. My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends on this anniversary of your EOW. You will never be forgotten.

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06

April 16, 2010

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