Granite City school celebrates ‘Blake Snyder Day’ for slain officer’s nephew

GRANITE CITY, IL (KPLR) – It was a chance to take their chairs outdoors Friday afternoon for the first and second-grade students at Maryville Elementary School in Granite City, Illinois. One by one, they lined up to pay tribute to Officer Blake Snyder and his nephew, who attends this school.

“It’s all about being happy and celebrating Officer Snyder today,” said second-grade teacher Darla Bremer. “They’ve cried enough so we wanted to celebrate today.”

“Wanted to do something nice for Blake Snyder’s nephew, who attends here at Maryville school,” said Craig Knight, Granite City Police Department. “We put our heads together and decided to do Blake Snyder Day with the school board and mayor of Granite City.”

Chance encounters can change everything; Friday afternoon, it was a joyous celebration.

“This means the world to us, especially that Samuel was honored in the way that he was,” said Elizabeth Snyder, Officer Blake Snyder’s widow. “He loved Blake and looked up to him and loved what he did. So yeah, it’s awesome to see the community come out for my family, but for (his nephew’s family) as well.”