“I put my face in my hands for a little bit and cried” – Dispatcher describes delivering final roll call for Officer Snyder

(KPLR) It was a final farewell that was deeply personal for a St. Louis County dispatcher.
“I put my face in my hands for a little bit and cried,” Katherine Schmalz said.

Schmalz, 28, was one of the two dispatchers who read the final roll call that was broadcast at the funeral of St. Louis County Police Officer Blake Snyder.

Schmalz was on the other end of the radio October 6th, the morning Officer Snyder was shot and killed while responding to a disturbance call.

“It was over my radio, it was in my ear,” Schmalz said. “They yelled ‘Officer down.’ I said, ‘Officer down.’ I remember looking over at my co-workers and everyone was standing up, with their mouths hanging open.”

Schmalz requested to be part of the roll call reading, and said she was grateful to be granted permission.

“He was one I never sent home. For me it was closure. I needed to be able to say, I sent you home. It’s just not the home I wanted him to go to. But to say I sent him home was big for me,” she said.