by Jeremy Griffith
Publisher of The American Millennium Online
This December marks the second sad anniversary of a fallen Lake City Police Officer’s death. Shawn Schneider gave his life for someone he had not before met as he stepped between a deranged gunman and his underage former girl friend. Schneider was shot in the head, taking the bullet that was meant for the girl.
Schneider didn’t die right away. He lingered for days as his family said goodbye. Total strangers, family and friends gathered in a courtyard at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester where Schneider was admitted. They sang Christmas carols and said prayers. Blue lights and only blue were hung on a tree to commemorate our men and women in police and sheriff’s departments across our state.
When Shawn died, he left a gaping hole in our lives. I did not know him, but I know his partner, who was with him that day. They were doing their jobs, defending the innocent, and one of them paid the ultimate price. The other lost a little of himself that day and will always remember.
Shawn left behind a wife and kids. This Christmas I ask everyone who reads this column to remember Shawn and all those in uniform in our local law enforcement agencies. They are here to protect us, and they do a great job. Lay wreaths at their local offices, hang blue lights on trees and windows. Thank a police officer who you meet on the street.
And remember, Jesus Christ is the reason for this and every season.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Matthew 5:9 NIV
Read the article from the Star Tribune here.