CO-FOUNDER DAN RIGGS
I enlisted in the US Army at the age of 17 as an Airborne Infantryman. I followed the legacy set before me by many generations of my family. While serving my Country, I was injured and ultimately medically retired at the age of 21. I did not let this setback keep me down and fought my way to become a police officer as my father was.
After 6 faithful years with my hometown department, I saw a greater need to help those who selflessly help others, thus the idea behind Legacy of Honor was born.
I am married to my biggest supporter, my wife Sarah. I am a father of two sons and one daughter: Leland Jay, Wesley Archer, and Everly Ruth. Now along with serving those who serve us, I continue to serve my community as a firefighter/paramedic with the Nimishillen Township Fire Department. My values were instilled in me by my parents and their parents before them, thus the Legacy continues.
LATE CO-FOUNDER ROSS RIGGS
CHIEF OF POLICE-RETIRED
--He was raised with strong Christian values by his mother who was always the tender hearted soul and his father who led by example. His father was a WWII veteran and showed me what it means to serve others. These values translated into his own service as he enlisted into the US Air Force Reserves under their Security Forces. He served faithfully for 12 years. He set out to make a difference in others lives for the better by becoming a police officer. He served his community for over 20 years and retired as the Chief of Police.
The next chapter of his life was unknown until God opened his eyes to missions work. More specifically Ross and his family taking care of other missionaries in the field. This idea contributed to the foundation of LOH.
Ross passed away after a battle with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis on May 28, 2023. He was married to the woman he referred to as his better half, Karin for 43 years. He was the father to five wonderful children and fourteen grandchildren. Ross enjoyed fishing, hunting, napping on the hammock, John Wayne, boating, being surrounded by family, and always making other people laugh. He is very much missed and we will work to continue to honor his legacy through fulfilling the mission of LOH.
SUZANNE SNYDER, BS, SWA
VP of Community Engagement
Suzanne has spent 18 years in the non-profit sector. She has run both federal and state grant programs. Suzanne headed the local traffic safety coalitions for 12 years and she partnered with the Amish Community and State partners to start the Ohio Amish State Collaborative to address various concerns from both sides. This experience has allowed her to network with 9 states and Canada to address these urgent issues.
Suzanne is passionate about supporting our heroes who sacrifice so much everyday. Suzanne's first and foremost focus is her faith in Jesus. She aims to continue the legacy of her late father Ross through the mission at LOH.
Suzanne is married to Dave and has a son, Aaron, and two daughters, Allyson and Annabelle.
Jennifer Cramer, LPCC, CCISM
Director of Counseling and Peer Services
Jennifer is the Director of CISM & Education Services and a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor for the Safety Forces Support Center in Akron. She is the clinical coordinator for the ASSIST 77 peer support team in Summit County. Jennifer has EMDR training and specializes in first responder mental health counseling.
Jennifer and her Husband, a Battalion Chief at the North Canton Fire Department, have been married for 13 years and have 5 children.
We want to make a better tomorrow for those who sacrificed so much of their time, life moments, and abilities to serve others.