A Steuben County family is still coping with the loss of their daughter after she was killed in Afghanistan in June 2011. But as our Katie Husband explains they are continuing their daughter's legacy by giving back to local law enforcement agencies.
STEUBEN COUNTY, N.Y. -- "Loved soccer, track, constantly running everywhere but she was always such a nice person to everybody it seemed. Except if you made her mad, yeah," said Edward and Dineen Snyder, Devin's Parents.
Devin Snyder joined the United States Army's Military Police in 2008 after she graduated high school. During her first tour in Afghanistan she was killed, in June 2011. Since her death, her parents wanted to continue her legacy. They started fundraising events to support what Devin always had an interest in.
"And all of the money we had decided would go to local law enforcement to help with additional purchases," said Dineen.
After the not-for-profit Sergeant Devin A. Snyder Memorial Foundation was created, they decided to donate money to the Steuben County Sheriff's Office for a second K-9 unit.
"It wasn't even first on the list. We threw many ideas around and finally came up with the dog well, she came up with the dog," said Edward.
The Snyder family said this was a perfect fit because Devin always wanted to be a K-9 handler when she was in the Army. It also came at a good time for the Sheriff's Office because this is the first step to the new Narcotics Enforcement Program.
"So, we'll have three Sheriff's Office Investigators, three State Police Investigators and then three Police Department Officers from Corning, Bath and Hornell," said David Cole, Steuben County Sheriff.
The Sheriff's Office isn't going to receive the dog, which will be named Devin, until about mid-January. The Snyder's say it's their way to keep Devin here in spirit doing what she loved to do.