Stretch of Route 30 is ded­i­cated to slain of­fi­cer

Bal­ti­more County po­lice vet­eran, killed in 2013, was a Car­roll Co. res­i­dent

Baltimore Sun - - NEWS - By Jim Joyner Bal­ti­more Sun reporter Jes­sica An­der­son con­trib­uted to this ar­ti­cle. jjoyner@balt­sun.com

Route 30 is a busy north-south road­way con­nect­ing Car­roll and Bal­ti­more coun­ties.

On Sun­day, it also served as a gath­er­ing place for hundreds of law en­force­ment of­fi­cials and res­i­dents from both sides of the county line and be­yond, who came to ded­i­cate a por­tion of the road to slain po­lice of­fi­cer Ja­son L. Sch­nei­der.

Sch­nei­der, a 13-year vet­eran of the Bal­ti­more County Po­lice Depart­ment who lived in Car­roll County, was shot to death in Ca­tonsville in Au­gust 2013 as he and an­other of­fi­cer at­tempted to serve a war­rant. He was 36.

At a cer­e­mony at Cape Horn Park near Sch­nei­der’s Manch­ester home, fel­low of­fi­cers and friends said that three years later, his col­leagues and com­mu­nity are still strug­gling with the loss of a man re­called as an ex­pe­ri­enced of­fi­cer, a help­ful neigh­bor and a lov­ing fa­ther, son, hus­band and brother.

“He was ex­tremely loyal to his fam­ily, his com­mu­nity and his fel­low of­fi­cers,” said his fa­ther, Charles Sch­nei­der, a retired 25-year vet­eran of the Bal­ti­more Po­lice Depart­ment. “Even if he just met you, he would do any­thing for you.”

Sch­nei­der’s col­leagues in Bal­ti­more County worked with his fa­ther and state and lo­cal of­fi­cials to gain ap­proval to ded­i­cate the sec­tion of Route 30 be­tween Charmil Drive and the Hamp­stead by­pass.

Those gath­ered Sun­day said it’s a fit­ting Car­roll County Sher­iff Jim DeWees, left, stands Sun­day in front of the newly un­veiled sign honoring Bal­ti­more County Po­lice Of­fi­cer 1st Class Ja­son Sch­nei­der. trib­ute. Sch­nei­der trav­eled the road al­most daily. On the morn­ing he was killed, Car­roll County Sher­iff Jim DeWees said, he took Route 30 “one last time to a ca­reer, an agency and a team he loved dearly and was de­voted to.”

Sch­nei­der was posthu­mously awarded the Bal­ti­more County Po­lice Foun­da­tion’s Award for Valor. Bal­ti­more County Po­lice Chief Jim John­son called him a “no­ble man and a hero” who was a “shin­ing ex­am­ple of the very best of po­lice.”

Sun­day’s cer­e­mony on a hill over­look­ing the high­way was a home­town af­fair — the Manch­ester Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment brought wa­ter for guests, the town pro­vided chairs and a podium, and speak­ers re­mem­bered Sch­nei­der as a lo­cal kid who at­tended North Car­roll High School, served in the Marines and re­turned home with a strong de­sire to serve the com­mu­nity.

Yet sev­eral also made ref­er­ence to a need to rec­og­nize first re­spon­ders — es­pe­cially at a time when po­lice are fac­ing scru­tiny at the lo­cal and na­tional lev­els.

Del. Haven Shoe­maker, a Repub­li­can whose dis­trict in­cludes ar­eas along the county line, said some peo­ple “want to make bad guys the good guys, and good guys into the bad guys.”

“Ja­son Sch­nei­der was proof that po­lice are the good guys,” he said.

The event was at­tended by Sch­nei­der’s par­ents, Charles and Karen, his wife, Ericka, chil­dren Bran­don and Kayla, broth­ers Michael and Ken­neth and scores of other fam­ily mem­bers and friends — many wear­ing T-shirts honoring him.

DeWees noted the bond that ex­ists be­tween the neigh­bor ju­ris­dic­tions — he said many Bal­ti­more County of­fi­cers, like Sch­nei­der, state po­lice troop­ers and other law en­force­ment of­fi­cials make their home in Car­roll.

A re­minder of that fact came as Sch­nei­der’s memo­rial sign was un­veiled. The marker stands about 20 yards across the high­way from an­other marker, also re­cently erected, honoring Lt. Michael Howe.

Howe, who also lived in Manch­ester, was com­man­der of a Bal­ti­more County po­lice tac­ti­cal unit. He died in 2006 of a stroke fol­low­ing a po­lice op­er­a­tion in Ran­dall­stown.

John­son called the high­way tributes to both men “an honor for all the re­gion.”

Charles Sch­nei­der said he’s proud those who travel the heav­ily used com­muter route will see a re­minder of his son on a daily ba­sis.

“I’ll feel good about it,” he said. “Los­ing a child is one of the most dif­fi­cult things that can ever hap­pen, but for peo­ple to remember him is a very pos­i­tive thing.”

JIM JOYNER/BAL­TI­MORE SUN

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