The tiny upstate New York community of Cohocton is in mourning this day, as one of America’s Best, Spc. Devin Snyder, has fallen in the service of her country. Snyder was serving in Afghanistan as military police with the 164th MP Company of the 793rd Military Police Battalion out of Ft. Richardson, Alaska.
Devin Snyder was a 2008 graduate of Wayland-Cohocton Central School. A track and soccer star for the school, her lanky build earned her the nickname “Twiggy”. Her ties to Cohocton and to the military run equally deep. Her father, Edward, is a former mayor and a veteran of the U.S. Navy. Her sister, Natasha, currently serves in the Navy and her brother, Damien, serves in the Army. She is also survived by an older brother, Derek and her mother, Dineen.
Snyder and three fellow soldiers were killed June 4 when their vehicle hit a mine near Mehtar Lam, in Laghman province, Afghanistan. Snyder had deployed in March, 2011, was was due home on leave in July.
Spc. Snyder’s family is in Dover, Delaware, to receive her body. Funereal arrangements are incomplete.