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CLAYTON, MO (KPLR) - As St. Louis County Police prepare to lay to rest one of their own; its police chief is promising a strong support system for the fallen officer’s widow and young son.

The department is making final arrangements for the funeral of Officer Blake Snyder, 33, who was killed in the line of duty October 6.

Chief Belmar says it will be one of the toughest challenges of his career.

“It is nothing short of heartbreak and I don’t know how else to explain it,” Belmar said.

The department has not lost an officer in the line of duty since 2000.

BackStoppers has pledged long-term financial assistance to Snyder’s widow, Elizabeth, and their son, Malachi, 2.Chief Belmar said the Snyder’s will always remain in the department’s law enforcement family.

'We`re going to make sure that we take care of [Malachi] and we help [Elizabeth] in any way that we can when she needs that assistance. And anything we can do,” he said.

The St. Louis County Police Family Association, the St. Louis County Police Welfare Association, and the St. Louis Police Wives Association are among the systems of support for the Snyder family.

In a recent interview with Fox 2, Elizabeth Snyder expressed gratitude for the support she has received.

'I can`t express how much I appreciate everyone`s prayers and concerns and love that they have shown my family,' she said.

Chief Belmar said as he prepares his remarks for Officer Snyder’s funeral Thursday, he will focus on an important theme.

“I think needs to be centered around the family and the police department,” he said.