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Fla. Cop In Obama's Motorcade Struck, Killed

September 10, 2012  | 

Photo courtesy of Jupiter PD.
Photo courtesy of Jupiter PD.

A Jupiter (Fla.) Police officer was killed Sunday after a truck struck his police motorcycle while the officer was preparing to shut down the highway for the presidential motorcade.

Officer Bruce St. Laurent, a decorated officer who volunteered his time in the community, was a 20-year veteran of the department. He was 55.

"Bruce St. Laurent was a valued member of our community and employee within the town of Jupiter," said Chief Frank Kitzerow. "He was an amazing person who will be missed by everyone who was fortunate enough to know him."

The crash occurred at about 4:40 p.m. on the I-95 onramp near 45th Street. A pickup truck struck Officer St. Laurent's motorcycle and pushed him into a guardrail. He was assigned to the motorcade escorting President Barack Obama from a campaign event in Palm Beach County.

He was transported to St. Mary's Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries. He leaves behind a wife and four children.

Officer St. Laurent helped students perform science experiments at Jupiter High School, played Santa Clause for local holiday events, and volunteered with Habitat for Humanity. In 1996, he was selected by the agency as Officer of the Year.

Comments (7)

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TLBach @ 9/10/2012 7:29 PM

Just curious; wasn't there an earlier MC LEO recently killed in this campaign run as a result of providing a motorcade for a politician?
Who was the previous politician the MC LEO gave his life for?

Mel @ 9/10/2012 8:35 PM

I am not 100% sure but i think the mc leo was providing a motorcade for mitt romney. correct me if i'm wrong. what a waste of life!!

Mel @ 9/10/2012 8:47 PM

I stand to correct myself. 2007 a mc leo was killed in a motorcade for President Bush and another in 2008 in a motorcade for Hilary Clinton. I think it's time we stopped this nonsense and let them hire private security. Anyone else have a thought on this matter?

Jelly @ 9/11/2012 3:49 AM

Hey Mel, I do. Let's stick them in a old beat up Honda like I drive and let them sit in traffic like the rest of us. Let them pay 4 dollars a gallon and their own insurance. Maybe if they started living like the rest of us, they could better represent us. God bless the officer and his family.

tony @ 9/11/2012 9:08 AM

There are always MC coppers that get really hurt or killed. There was one in Hawaii for Hillary Clinton, Albuquerque for "W", Dallas again for Hillary, Palm Beach County for Candidate Tsongas. My brother got ran off the road by Secret Service in Santa Fe, NM for passing the motorcade on the right trying to get to an intersection to block for First Lady Hillary Clinton. I have been a motor officer for awhile now and in escort training, they tell us that Secret Service will take you out if they see any deviation from the plan. They will dump you "Big Time".. Some live and some don't ...

RICHARD @ 9/11/2012 5:31 PM


richPI @ 9/29/2012 12:25 AM

100% agreed this should go to private motor escorts to replace LEO bikes, regular patrol units no problem, but the rate of death for damn political escorts goes back decades. Time for the pathetic choice of politicians we have to stop the fake smiling, waving, dinner, speech to party BS and Officers dying and being injured along the way and "they" offer their condolences for the officer's family and agency while "serving" the public..ooh man. Want escort, then it's all official, point A to point B..not a rolling circus.

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