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

Offc. Snedigar,
You are an inspiration. You did your job right, and you are continuing to hold onto your honour, even after you are gone.
I pray to God that you are happy, in His presence, and I hope that your family is doing well.
You are amazing, and to put it simply, I hope to be like you. In both braveness, but, honourable as well.
God loves you, as His precious son.
God bless you, and your family.

MistyDawn Cleghorn

MistyDawn Cleghorn

August 13, 2005

dad i miss you so much.... i dont know how i am able to live without you, i think about you everyday and i honor you in every way possible. i am so proud of you. you will never be forgoten i wont let it happen, you are my inspiration. i love you dad.

312 4-16-99 " it is not that the way these officers died that made them heros, it is how they lived."

rupert snedigar

rupert snedigar

August 13, 2005

Every time I get into a situation like this, I draw on the courage that this man possessed. I don't consider it an anomaly that so many former SF members become police officers. I believe the inner-strength and sense of honor to be inate; it cannot be taught. Being a police officer is not an easy profession, yet like the moth to the flame, we are drawn to it. Challenge is what we seek, whether it be an interdiction stop on the highway or booting a door on a high-risk warrant. Rangers lead the way, even when we know that it probably won't go well. We are bound by the Tab.
Rest Easy, Ranger. We have it from here.


July 12, 2005

To whom it may concern,

I am the father of a fifteen year old boy that left this world by his own hand in June of 2004. I am proud of the fact that my son is resting very near to a fallen hero such as Officer Snedigar. Never let it be said that it isn't appreciated, the officers and the jobs they perform secure us all. My son is in good hands.

God bless Jim Snedigar and my beloved Matthew Shawn Jones. God is on point.

Clifford Jones

June 24, 2005

To the family of Officer James Snedigaar, we just recently read about your tragic loss on ODMP. My husband and I wish to express our condolence. Another fine Officer lost in the line of duty, however he will always be remembered. God Bless each of you.


Lyndell & Elizabeth Taylor
Parents of
Deputy Sheriff (Douglas County, Oregon)
Morris Lyn Taylor
EOW 9-14-02

January 30, 2004

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?" And I said, "Here am I. Send me."

Isaiah 6:8


October 18, 2003

I was browsing the site and found James here, it it my understanding that he and I may have been related. When our family came here from Holland back in the 1600's several spellings of the family name were used including Snedigar/Snediker/Snedeker.

To my cousin;

Your sacrifice has not gone without notice. Your death in the line of duty is a proud reminder of the many sacrafices members of the family have made over the years to our Country, States and Cities. I thank you for your service to your country, and community. Ed Snediker

Sgt. E F Snediker (retired)
CSX Railroad Police

I have just learned of the death of a fellow officer, James Snedigar. I am currently a 12 year veteran for the Police Department in Odessa, Texas. I am also proud to say that I served with Officer Snedigar in the 3rd Bn 75 Army Rangers in Fort Benning, Georgia. I was stationed there from 1985-1988. I can tell you Jim was a hard worker, a good man and a good Ranger. I am also a SWAT Team member of out agency, and have been so for almost seven years. For those who are his friends and co-workers, I envy you for having such a good man, and officer, to work with for as long as you did. To his wife and children, I can say that you still have a good husband and a good father, because as long as you remember him, as I do, he will always be with us.

With Kindest Regards,
A Fellow Officer and Ranger  

As I stood waiting for the procession to arrive, I could not keep the emotions in check any more. I stood in a crowd of thousands just to catch a glimpse of this officer's legacy one more time. When the funeral procession finally drove past us, it was impossible not to cry, thinking of the sacrifice he made for us. It is hard to imagine what this brave man's family will go through in the years to come. I hope they know they will be in everyone's thoughts and prayers for the rest of time. I hope they know what an inspiration he was to so many people. I am now in the Mesa police academy, and I can not wait to serve my community as well as he did.

To Officer James Snedigar,

May you rest in peace, and thank you for your honor, integrity, and sacrifice. John 15:13



Thank you for your service, and for your dedication. Sir, I pray for both you and your family. By your acts of selflessness, and through your courage, you have helped to enocourage me to pursue the career you so loved. You left the world with great honor, and our hearts will always remember you, even when we didn't know you personally. Phil 1:3. May you rest in peace.

Private Citizen
Jeff Zimmerman


It has been almost 6 months since you were killed, however, it seems much longer than that to me. Not because you are forgotten, but because you are missed. You will never be forgotten, there are too many reminders. Like the black band over your mailbox door at the station, and the black ribbon by your picture in the hallway, and the dedication of the memorial that will be at our building, and unfortunately your name will be first. Jim you are missed. I think that you are with all of us during our tour of duty guiding us to make the right decisions and protecting us in your own special way. Badge 312 will never be forgotton.

Officer Rick Griner
Chandler Police Department

even though i didnt know officer snedigar i was living in arizona at the time of his departure from this world i felt a deep simpathy for his family and for the chandler police for they have lost a brother and friend i am currently training to become a tribal police officer i will do the best i can to help out as many people as i can.

L. Bear Looks Back


As I walked up to Jim's wife to give a donation, and my sympathies, I broke down. Another officer gone. How could anything so senseless happen. I have never had the pleasure of knowing the man, but of the officers I do know, he was a great man. He will be sadly missed, and his legacy will live on. I hope someday, to be as good an officer for my community, as Jim was for his. God Bless his wife, and family. And know that the community is praying for you and all our fine officers. Jim, may you rest in peace, and know you were loved.

Police officer trainee
Phoenix Police Academy

I met Officer Snedigar only briefly at an FOP meeting only a few months ago. I did not know him well, but have very close friends who did. His passing hits close to home and leaves an especially deep hole. My thoughts and prayers are with his wife and family. Jim- rest in peace, Brother.

Officer Steve Clark
Coolidge PD, AZ

Officer, Ranger, Father, Friend. You died doing your duty. Your death was not in vain. Because of the lives of fellow Officers you touched your values and integrity will be carried on and not forgotten. May you Rest in Peace and God Bless your family.


For your dedication to duty. This comes with the thanks too seldom said... With admiration too deep to express - John 15:13

Officer Christine Nilsson, CEP
Tempe Police Department

I met Officer Snedigar once when he came into the Emergency Room, and his compassion and professionalism were evident, not only to the staff but also to the suspect of the case he was working. Chandler has lost a true hero, I know I speak for all of us in the emergency nursing profession when I say he will be sorely missed.

Susan, ER RN

"part of america died"

Somebody killed a policeman today,

and part of America died.

A piece of country he swore to protect,

will be buried with him at his side.

The suspect that shot him will stand up in court,

with counsel demanding his rights.

While a young widowed mother must work for her kids,

and spend many long, lonely nights.

The beat that he walked was a battle field too,

just as if he'd done to war.

Though the flag of our nation wont fly at half mast,

to his name they will add a gold star.

Yes someone killed a policeman today,

in your town or mine.

While we slept in comfort behind our locked doors,

a cop put his life on the line.

Now his ghost walks a beat on a dark city street,

and he stands at each new rookies side.

He answered the call

of himself gave his all

And A Part Of America died




EVIT-Law Enforcement

Officer Snedigar,

Once again a brother has given his life in the line of duty. It has been a terrible year so far for Arizona law enforcement, but with your strength and spirit with us, we shall go on. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers each day as I put on my uniform, and go out to do the job you loved. Rest in peace Officer Snedigar, for you will never be forgotten.

Officer Jody McInnis
Mesa Police Department, AZ

I want to say to the family and coworkers of Officer Snedigar that I am moved inside after reading about this tragedy. You can be very proud of him for his service to his community and his fellow man. May God bless you and guide you through this most difficult of times. May the memory of his service and sacrifice remain forever.

Pennsylvania State Police

Dear James and the Chandler SWAT Unit,

As a fellow SWAT practitioner I felt your loss. Having seen the pain in your faces the day we layed your brother to rest, I know he was loved. In the trenches we fight, in life we suffer, in Heaven we rest. Our job is thankless, yet we continue every day looking in to the eyes of evil.

SWAT Officers chose to serve the way we do. 5%

God Bless

Tactical Support Unit

Officer C. L. Starr

Four years later and 1500 miles away, I still think often of Ofc. Snedigar as I go about my police career. '99 was a particularly difficult and dangerous year for all of us that wore a badge in the Valley. I feel immeasurable pride that I was a part of it, and proud of the way we all came closer together to help each other through it. Many officers in that time period made some huge sacrifices and I was fortunate to be able to learn from their experiences. It all made me a better person and a better cop and I draw upon it even today when I go home after my shift, never taking for granted the simple gift of opening the door and hugging my wife and girls.

I hope Jim's family is doing well and I wish the best to his brother/sister officers in Chandler (and the rest of Arizona). He is not forgotten and he continues to be an inspiration. May God bless Jim.

Once and Always a Scottsdale Cop

Jim and family...Know that you have not been forgotten, and that you are still very much a part of us at the Police Department, especially those of us who were on the SWAT team with you. You were the guy who always had an American flag patch proudly dislpayed upon your tactical vest, so we all wear a subdued Anerican flag patch upon our vests that has your badge number and end of watch date. This is also displayed upon our rescue vehicle and equipment vehicle. Our team and department is better off for having had you as one of our own. Please know that your loss was not without cause...."In Valor there is hope " ....these words are written upon the wall that bears your name......

Officer R. Emary
Chandler, Az

i still think about the day you died and how much it hurt the entire valley to lose such a brave will never be forgotten....


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