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Police Officer Shawn Steven Schneider

Lake City Police Department, Minnesota

End of Watch Friday, December 30, 2011

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Reflections for Police Officer Shawn Steven Schneider

Officer Schneider,
On today, the 10th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Lake City. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

December 30, 2021

Was just thinking of you and your family tonight Shawn and wanted to drop a line.
Still wearing your pin (it's showing a little wear), still pushing a squad to where ever the danger is, still doing our best to make you proud and keeping the blue line strong.
Miss you brother

Rochester Police Dept

November 12, 2020

Eight years ago today we lost a man that we will never forget. Your legacy will live on forever. You and many others have inspired me greatly to take up a career in law enforcement. Thank you for everything you have done. Gone but not forgotten.

. John Peterson

December 30, 2019

While recently vacationing in Lake City, MN. We were blessed to have stayed in a home with a perfect view of Police Officer Shawn Steven Schneider’s Memorial.
We watched daily as children with curiosity and folks alike stopped to pay tribute...and some like myself that googled to read Shawn’s story. Hopefully Officer Shawn Steven Schneider’s family know that though Shawn’s EOW was 12/30/2011, Shawn continues to watch over his wonderful Lake City, Mn community along the beautiful banks of Lake Pepin

Retired Corrections Sgt Sue Schroeder

June 21, 2019

As I'm sure you saw, many of us gathered at your memorial a little over a week ago, it is so impressive. It is a nice place to go and be reminded of you while watching the water. We all think of you often and miss you.

Rochester PD

December 27, 2018

John 5:28, 29 - "Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out". I pray that everyone can find peace in knowing that we will see this officer as well as many others again in Paradise soon. Until then, please accept my condolences.

A.W. Montgomery
Concerned Citizen

September 20, 2018

Hard to believe it's been 5 years already... Your sacrifice will never be forgotten. Today became a day set apart in my world to honor you, your family and LCPD. Thoughts and prayers are with LCPD and the Schneider family... Your family in Blue will always be there for you all.

Sgt J A
Future LEO

December 30, 2016

I visit your memorial every year I come to Lake City for vacation.
Rest in Peace Brother

Deputy Sheriff Sean Crosby
Maricopa County S.O.

June 8, 2015

Always loved by those who knew you;
Always remembered by those who loved you;
Always thanked by those you protected;
Always missed by all of us.

Rest in peace, dear Shawn.

Beth Scheunemann
Minneapolis, MN

December 31, 2013

Thinking of you on this day partner...

Sgt. Bill Weist
Lake City PD

December 19, 2013

Not a day goes by that I go to work without thinking about you and your family. Your courage along with all those before you will not be forgotten. I was just reading this page, and thought I would come check on your memorial. It's amazing to see how many people care from all over the world. I know Lake City residents that feel Lake City isn't the same. You have great partners at LCPD, but nobody can take your place. I'm honored to have known you.

Officer JMI
Isle Police/ former Lake City resident

May 8, 2013

Thank you for your service. You are a hero to your family, all who knew you and we who didn't. Rest in peace. You will see your family in heaven.You are probably sitting with your fallen brothers now. Thanks to them also. We who care about risky jobs...thank you. U are a Hero.

Chris Larson
law enforcement respector

January 9, 2013

Shawn you touched more lives than you'll ever know and you are greatly missed by all. I pray for your family, department and community on a regular basis. Still hard to make any sense of your tragic death. Know that you're missed and will never be forgotten. Rest in Peace brother.

Deputy Jeff Erickson
The Chippewa County Sheriff's Office Sault Ste. Marie, MI

December 30, 2012

One year to the day. We have not forgotten your sacrifice. Thoughts with your family and department. Forever in our hearts #208. RIP.


December 30, 2012

One year ago today all of our lives changed, we miss you, and we will forever remember!

Officer, #204
Lake City PD, partner

December 30, 2012

It's been 1 year today. I still think and pray for your family often. Although it has been 1 year... It feels like yesterday. This day and your sacrifice will never be forgotten. #208 Lake City PD is gone, but never forgotten.

Joy Adams
Burnsville MN
Futue LEO

December 30, 2012

Officer Schneider,

I wrote this poem for you:

Dedicated to: Officer Shawn Schneider, Lake City (MN) Police Department. EOW: December 30th, 2011. Written by, Joy Adams. “A Hero Never Leaves our Hearts.”

Tears silently fell, our hero was gone forever, one of the best was laid to rest.
He gave his life protecting and serving, a life not many would think is worth choosing.
A man respected by many, he was a husband, and a daddy.
To work he would go, with a smile on his face, he made this world a better place.
We gave you a call, but there was no answer, a tear slipped from our eye, our hero is home forever.
For now the whole city stands quietly and whispers goodbye as you pass on by.
For Officer Schneider is no longer with us, swallowing back the tears waiting to flood our face, we whispered to God: “Thank you for bringing him to a better place.”

You are someone I will never forget. Still praying for your wife, kids, and department every day!

Joy Adams
Future LEO :)

May 27, 2012


I had the honor of escorting your family to their seats at the Police Memorial in Washigton D.C. on May 13th. I'm sure it was a very moving and difficult night for your family. I will remember your name and story for the rest of my life and only wish I could have made it easier for your family. God bless you, your family, friends and community.

Lt. Mark Wodell
Freehold Borough police Dept. Freehold, NJ 07728

May 16, 2012

My husband is a Lake City Police Officer. Shawn was his partner & friend, we miss him very much.

Yesterday we went and visited Shawn's grave. My kids had not seen it yet so I wanted to take them. I was filled with tears before we even got out of the car. We walked over holding hands and saw everything people had been leaving. It was so overwhelming to see how much he was loved and cared for. We all cried, trying to make sense of it all but there were no words just tears.

Then my son, who is 11, turned to me and said, "Mom, its okay to cry, Shawn's life meant something. It has to be sad so his memory doesn't go away." I couldn't have said it better!!

Shawn will NEVER be forgotten because Heroes Live Forever!!

Rachel Foss
Lake City Police Wife

April 25, 2012

The fondest memory of you I have is at the Lake City Parade with you on the bicycle, distracting me from directing traffic. I'm sure my FTO didn't appreciate it very much, but you were so friendly I couldn't just tell you to go away.
There's a hole in my heart that will never be filled.
I miss you.

Trooper Edvard Aspnes
Minnesota State Patrol

April 4, 2012

I am still hoping to hear your voice on the other end of the radio when the mic opens up, and we will all wake up from this nightmare.
Not a day goes by where you don't enter our thoughts and prayers, we miss you Shawn...

Deputy Sheriff RTL / 505
Wabasha County SO

April 3, 2012

My sympathy to the Family and fellow Officers of Officer Schneider.You will never be forgotten.Rest in peace Sir.

Mn. resident,Father of an Officer

February 26, 2012

RIP Sir, Never forgotten

James Kotke
Civilian / Former Officer
WSF Park Police (Wi.)

February 23, 2012

I come to the ODMP often to remember my late fiance Dennis. Every time I come here it breaks my heart to know that yet another officer has fallen and that yet another family has to live their lives without the officer they loved. My heart goes out to everyone who knew and loved Officer Schneider. Know that you are not alone in the "journey" that you walk. Should you ever need anything please don't hesitate to contact me. (The Davis Co. Sheriff's Office in Iowa will always know how to reach me. I can also be found on Face Book.) You will be in my thoughts.

From reading the reflections left for Shawn he sounds like he was a great man with a beautiful spirit. Those of you who knew him in life were so blessed to have been able to share in it. I hope that you will all continue to find a way to celebrate and remember Shawn's life and the MAN that he was. Remember that Shawn's life was about so much more than the way he died. Shawn will continue to live on as long as we continue to remember him.

Officer Schneider, thank you for helping to make this world a little safer for us all. YOU will not be forgotten. Please continue to watch over all of us as only you can. If you happen to bump into my late fiance Dennis up there give him a big hug for me and the kids. It's been nine years and he's still very much missed and forever loved.

Wishing you brighter and better days,

Jocelyne :)

Jocelyne Brar (Winnipeg, MB Canada)
Fiancee of Deputy Dennis R. McElderry (EOW: 01/03/03)

February 3, 2012

To Shawn's Family.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. We are sorry for your loss. Shawn will remain in our hearts and memories.
The New Middletown Police Dept.
New Middletown, OH

Officer Donald Bova
New Middletown Police Dept.

January 24, 2012

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