Shawn Snider died: How did the Edinburg Fire Chief fie? Cause of death & Obituary

Longtime Edinburg Fire Chief Shawn Snider
Longtime Edinburg Fire Chief Shawn Snider passed away


Longtime Edinburg Fire Chief Shawn Snider has passed away on May 01, 2023 at the age of 58. Let’s see how did the Fire Chief die and his cause of death in detail.

How did Shawn Snider die?

Longtime Edinburg Fire Chief Shawn Snider passed away on Tuesday morning at the age of 58, the city announced on social media.

Mayor Ramiro Garza Jr., state Representative Terry Canales, the city of Weslaco, and other public figures, as well as citizens, companies, and other organizations, were mourning the death of Chief Snider on Tuesday.

The city of Edinburg announced this sad news on social media by saying, “Rest in peace, Fire Chief Shawn Snider. Your courage, leadership, and dedication to serving our community will never be forgotten”

“Our hearts go out to your family, friends, fellow firefighters, and Edinburg FD staff during this difficult time. Thank you for your service, and may you rest easy knowing that you made a difference in our world. We love you Chief.”

Who was Shawn Snider?

Snider began as a volunteer Alamo firefighter as a youngster, first as a mechanic and subsequently as a fire marshal. In 1991, he joined the Edinburg Fire Department, and in 1999, he was promoted to fire chief.

He has held positions as a search and rescue task force leader, a fire school instructor, and a training coordinator in the past.

Chief Snider has greatly benefited his community as chair of the Hidalgo County Fire Chiefs Association, as the head of Texas Task Force I Type 3 in the Rio Grande Valley, and as an instructor at the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service Municipal Fire School.

He has also served as the emergency management coordinator for the City of Edinburg during his tenure as fire chief and from December 2011 to July 2012, he was also the acting city manager.

Chief Snider, who is well-liked by his colleagues, was chosen president of the State Firefighters’ and Fire Marshals’ Association in 2009 and actively participated in advancing the association’s legislative agenda that year.

He has also served in other high-profile leadership roles, including as the coordinator of training for the Rio Grande Valley Firefighters’ and Fire Marshals’ Association and as a member of the State Firefighters’ and Fire Marshals’ Association Certification Board.

Chief Snider is renowned for consistently putting the needs of his firefighters and his duties as a public servant ahead of his own needs. He has also awed others with his unwavering commitment to his faith and family.

Shawn Snider cause of death:

Shawn Snider, the Longtime fire Chief passed away. The city said in a statement that Snider passed away on Monday after “a courageous battle with cancer.”

“Chief Snider was an exemplary public servant who dedicated his life to protecting the people of Edinburg. He was a true leader who inspired his team to be the best they could be, and his legacy will always live on in the Edinburg Fire Department,” Mayor Ramiro Garza Jr. said in the statement.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Chief Snider’s family and his other family at the Edinburg Fire Department during this difficult time.”

He was survived by his wife, Edna Snider, and daughter, Sarah. Tributes flooded social media after his demise news broke out.

Tributes to Shawn Snider:

Terry Canales posted,

It is with heavy hearts that we mourn the passing of Edinburg Fire Chief Shawn Snider. Chief Snider was a dedicated member of our community who devoted his life to serving and protecting others. He was a true hero, always putting the safety and well-being of his community first.

Chief Snider will be deeply missed by all who knew him. He was a kind and selfless individual who touched the lives of so many people in our community. His legacy will live on through the countless lives he saved and the impact he had on the Edinburg Fire Department and across our region.

A.j. Ramirez posted,

We lost another great leader… I had the honor of working with Shawn Snider & Johnny Economedes in the 90’s. After Chief Economedes passed, Chief Snider stepped up to fill the void. Under his guidance, we as a department grew and I as an individual prospered. He always encouraged learning & pushed us to be better people within & outside the fire service.

Thanks Chief, your guidance during our time helped me become the person I am today. Although your departure left another void in the fire service, rest easy knowing your leadership prepared the next generation of heros! Thank you, Brother.

Texas Task Force Foundation tweeted,

It is with a heavy heart that we share the passing of Edinburg Fire Chief Shawn Snider. Chief Snider served as a TFL for the Texas A&M Task Force One Region 3 Team. Please keep Chief Snider’s family, friends, and members of the Edinburg FD in your thoughts and prays.

Edinburg Chamber tweeted,

We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Fire Chief Shawn Snider. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Snider family. May you rest in peace knowing you were loved and respected by everyone who knew you. Your memory will always be cherished, and you will be greatly missed.

Weslaco Fire Department posted,

Our hearts are saddened by the news of the passing of Chief Shawn Snider. He was an amazing chief and he touched many souls throughout his life. The Weslaco Fire Department sends our condolences and prayers to the family and to the Edinburg Fire Department. Rest in peace Chief. You will be missed.


Teenager Kalista Altom died in an automobile crash in White County, Arkansas.

Kalista Altom accident & death: A fun-loving teenager tragically died in a car crash

Follow us on Twitter for more updates.

Leave a Comment