When officer Blake Snyder was shot and killed in the line of duty, around 60 friends, family, and his fellow law enforcement officers gathered.
Hours later, Lieutenant Karl Bulla went to pick up some food for the gathered group, driving to Chick-Fil-A with his partner, placing a near $500 order and what happened next brought him to tears…
“The young lady behind the counter said I just want to let you know this is taken care of,” he explained. “No, it wasn’t taken care of by us, although we would’ve done that. It was taken care of by a gentleman who, don’t tell him, but he’s sitting right behind you.”
Bulla and his partner expressed their gratitude to the man, who explained that he wanted to do something for the men and women who keep him safe. The man also told the officers that he wished to remain anonymous.
Lt. Bulla said he hopes the man contacts him in the future because he wants to honor the kind stranger who took care of them in their time of grief.
“You’ve got my card. I’d love for you to call me because we want to take care of you. If I can just buy you a coffee or take you out to lunch somewhere it’s the least I can do for you,” he added.
As reported by STL Today:
St. Louis County prosecutors said Friday that they would not seek a death sentence for Trenton Forster in the shooting death of St. Louis County Police Officer Blake Snyder.
A judge Friday set Forster’s trial date for Feb. 4, 2019.
St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch said in a statement that his decision came after “a complete examination and reexamination of all evidence in this case.” He said he “cannot elaborate on the decision,” citing ethical rules for prosecutors. He said he had met with and discussed his decision with Snyder’s family.
Snyder’s widow, Elizabeth Snyder, said Friday that she was outraged by McCulloch’s decision.
“What message is being sent to society, to law enforcement and criminals by not seeking the death penalty? It’s saying police officers’ lives are cheap and unimportant and don’t matter,” Elizabeth Snyder said.
She wouldn’t discuss the reasons McCulloch gave when he met with her. She said her brother, a St. Louis County police officer, shared her sentiments on McCulloch’s decision.