September 10th, 2012
11:56 AM ET

Florida police, community mourn officer killed in presidential motorcade

A police cruiser draped in black banners and topped with a rose sat in front of the Jupiter, Florida, police department Monday morning, paying testament to 20-year department veteran killed Sunday while helping escort President Barack Obama through Palm Beach County.

Officer Bruce St. Laurent, 55, was traveling with the presidential motorcade around 4:45 p.m. Sunday along Interstate 95 through West Palm Beach when a Ford 150 pickup hit his motorcycle, Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Therese Barbera said. Jupiter Police Chief Frank Kitzerow said St. Laurent was transported to nearby St. Mary's Medical Center, where he died Sunday

Kitzerow visited St. Laurent's family Monday morning to discuss funeral services, and memorial information will be made public when it is finalized, Jupiter police spokesman Sgt. Scott Pascarella said Monday. He added that in addition to the squad car memorial in front of the Jupiter police station, radio station 103.1 WIRK Country was there, raising money for St. Laurent's family. The Jupiter Police Department was working on setting up an account at a local bank to gather money for the slain officer's family as well, Pascarella said.

Palm Beach County sheriff's spokesman Eric Davis said Monday that his office and the Florida Highway Patrol still were investigating the incident. Barbera said Sunday that authorities were investigating the crash as a vehicular homicide, but she stressed it was still very early in the probe.

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  1. saywhat

    A tragic accident.Could have happened anywhere.My condolences to the family.

    September 10, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "F150 with a redneck?"
    September 10, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    Condolence to this officers family and friends.
    How awful.

    September 10, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Rest In Peace Officer St. Laurent.

    September 10, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Medicated

    What a shame. I am so sorry for the St. Laurent family's n the police department's loss.

    I hope sincerely this was an accident n that somebody didn't murder him.

    September 11, 2012 at 12:09 am | Report abuse |