August marked 20 years since Officer Robert J. Stanze II of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department was killed in the line of duty. On August 8, 2000, Officer Stanze was shot and killed while arresting a suspect in the shooting of another police officer. He served with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department for six years. He left behind his wife, Michelle, who was expecting twins, John and Holly, and his 16-month-old son, Wil. We caught up with the Stanze Family this year and got a glimpse of where life has taken them.
Wil, John and Holly are now young adults entering different and exciting ventures. In 2019, Wil graduated from Ranken Technical College, and is currently employed at Aviks Services as a robotics installer. Wil also works in conjunction with Amazon Robotics where he keeps Amazon warehouses across the country in service.
Holly is a freshman at the University of Kentucky studying engineering. She was one of a few freshmen that received an offer for a position in a new Bio Medical Engineering Bachelor’s Program. Previously the program had only been offered as a master’s program. Holly is slated to begin the program in spring of 2021.
John is working on a double major in History and Journalism at Southeast Missouri State University. He is employed at the St. Louis Zoo.