Hundreds, Greitens gather at Capitol to honor fallen officers
JEFFERSON CITY — Hundreds of friends, family and law enforcement gathered at the Missouri Capitol on Saturday to honor fallen officers. Family members of fallen officers put flowers on a memorial in remembrance of their lost loved ones.
Four names were also added to the Wall of Heroes Law Enforcement Memorial on the state Capitol grounds. Two of those officers, Paul Clark and Blake Snyder, died just last year.
Clark was a St. Francois County sheriff's deputy for 13 years before he died of complications of injuries he sustained from being hit by a vehicle that tried to flee from a traffic stop.
Snyder was a St. Louis County police officer who died last October after being shot while responding to a disturbance call.
The two other officers whose names were added to the wall were Lakeshire Police Department Officer Ronald Strittmatter and Pleasant Hill Police Department Officer S. David Nelson. Strittmatter died in 2015 of a heart attack and Nelson was shot by a burglar.
Gov. Greitens spoke at the event. Attorney General Josh Hawley was also in attendance.
One of the attendees said she thinks the event is important to experience so that law enforcement officers know they are appreciated.
"My dad is a police officer and has been a police officer my entire life," Mercedes Williams said. "I feel like it's important to come to these events as a family and not only represent him, but represent all the other families here because I know that, God forbid, anything ever happen to my dad, I would want people here supporting my family and him."
Saturday's ceremony was the second part of a two-day event. Friday night, the Department of Public Safety hosted a candlelight vigil to honor fallen law enforcement.