Charles Schneider spends every day of his life remembering his son Jason, a Baltimore County Police Officer and Tactical Unit leader who lost his life four years ago in the line of duty.
“He was extremely loyal to family, friends. He would go out of his way to help a stranger. He enjoyed helping other people,” said Charles.
On Monday it was those other people helping Jason’s family, taking part in the fourth annual Jason Schneider Memorial Golf Tournament. The tournament is presented by the Blue Valor Foundation, a non-profit which aims to provide financial assistance to the children of fallen law enforcement officers throughout Maryland.
“This event allows all of us - his family, his friends, his coworkers and even allows people that didn’t personally know Jason - to honor him, come together and share some stories and memories,” said Charles Schneider.
“He’s the kind of guy that would have stepped in front of anything rather than someone else. He was selfless,” said Jason’s friend and fellow officer David Sweren.
This tournament sold out for yet another year with 128 golfers participating. Heading into Monday they had already raised over $30,000 to benefit the Blue Valor Foundation.
A who’s who of the Baltimore sporting world was attendance at Hayfields Country Club as well, including Orioles legend Brooks Robinson.
“I see a lot of my old friends here like Ronnie Hansen, Al Bumbry, Ross Grimsley and a few other gentlemen,” said Robinson. “It’s a nice day to get out. Just a great opportunity for everyone, for the community and the police.”
“The supporting of a fallen officer and helping raise money for families of fallen officers and people who have served our community well, I think that’s something that we all should strive and do,” said former Orioles outfielder Ken Singleton.
“Everybody knows how much the cops have been through and the officers have been through over the past few years and just wanted to come out here and show our support,” said Ravens punter Sam Koch.
That is support Jason Schneider’s family knows he would appreciate.
“I think he would feel and I think he does feel quite honored by the whole experience,” said Jason’s Dad, Charles.