Florida Representative William Snyder Receives the 2011 John and Reve Walsh Award Recognizing His Substantial Impact on the Protection of Florida Citzens

The Florida Lawmaker's push for DNA legislation and efforts in passing tough laws to combat human smuggling earn him words of gratitude from America's Most Wanted Host and victim's advocate John Walsh.

Palm Beach, FL, September 14, 2011 --(PR.com)-- Florida State Representative William Snyder, (District 82) graciously accepted the 2011 John and Reve Walsh Award at the official Missing Children’s Day Ceremony in Tallahassee today. The award is in recognition of his outstanding legislative efforts in protecting the citizens of Florida.

This annual ceremony is held to remember Florida’s past and present missing children as well as recognizing the state’s efforts in the child protection arena. Representative Snyder, who is also a career law enforcement officer, was instrumental in developing legislation that requires DNA collection upon felony arrests, resulting in the passage of a new law that will assist in solving crimes and ensuring the most dangerous offenders are apprehended early in their criminal careers. Representative Snyder was also recognized for his efforts in passing legislation designed to combat human smuggling, increase protection for victims of sexual violence and bolster criminal history background check requirements. “I am both humbled and honored to be receiving this award,” says Snyder. “I don’t consider what I do work. Protecting citizens, keeping our families and especially our children safe and making sure dangerous offenders are off the streets is a passion for me. It’s a passion as a law enforcement officer, and it’s a passion as a lawmaker. It is what I was meant to do.”

John Walsh is known internationally as a crime fighter, victim’s advocate and host of America’s Most Wanted. He is also the father of Adam Walsh, who was abducted and murdered in 1981. Since then he has worked tirelessly to enhance child protection laws, capture criminals and locate missing children. “John Walsh’s work is a catalyst for what we as law enforcement officers and lawmakers do,” says Snyder. “His mission fuels our mission. It’s the reason we work so hard to protect our children.”

Governor Rick Scott and FDLE Commissioner Gerald Bailey presented the award to Representative Snyder alongside hundreds of children and parents, educators and law enforcement officers.

Representative William D. Snyder, FL 82
Christine C. Weiss