Lake City Honors Fallen Officer with Special Memorial

May 19, 2017 10:48 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- Almost five years ago, Lake City Police officer Shawn Schneider was shot and killed while on a domestic dispute call.

Friday, he was honored during the annual memorial service for fallen officers in southeastern Minnesota.


“Officers and emergency personnel officers, firefighters, EMS are out in the community, unfortunately seeing people at their worst,” Rochester Police Department Lieutenant Gretchen O’Neil said, "And sometimes, somebody's worst can be the end of someone else's life. You don't know what's going to happen every day when you go to work,"

"Although I stand as a widow and my three children are fatherless, I'm proud of Shawn," Schneider’s wife, Brittany Schneider, said.  

The Law Enforcement Memorial Service was held to commemorate all the fallen officers and deputies in southeast Minnesota

“They go home at the end of the shift, and their families, of course, want them to come home, and things can happen in an instant and change their lives forever," O’Neil said.

Even though Schneider passed away in December 2011, it was a very special and emotional day for his family.

"Our community really rallied around everyone when Shawn was shot and killed," Lake City Police Chief Cory Kubista said.  

The Lake City community raised thousands of dollars over the past five years to commemorate their fallen hero.  

"It's a life-sized statue of him in his uniform with his son and standing, high-fiving his son," O’Neil said.  

"I would never doubt that they're going to remember Shawn, there's not a doubt in my mind," Kubista said.  

Schneider lost his life that day, doing everything he could to make his community a safer place.

"I will long for his voice and the warmth of his touch for the remaining days of my life, but I can be satisfied knowing that Shawn gave his life to save that of another," Brittany Schneider said.  

The Schneider family and members of the Lake City Police department were the first ones to see the statue unveiled in a private event Friday.


Elise Romas

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