Police Officer Bruce St. Laurent Jupiter Police Department, Florida End of Watch: Sunday, September 9, 2012

Bruce_St__LaurentJupiter Police Department, Florida

Police Officer Bruce St. Laurent

Jupiter Police Department, Florida
End of Watch: Sunday, September 9, 2012

Biographical Info

Age:
Tour of Duty: 20 years
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details

Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident
Date of Incident: September 9, 2012
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Info: Not available

Agency Contact Information

Chief of Police Frank J. Kitzerow
Jupiter Police Department
210 Military Trail
Jupiter, FL 33458
Phone: (561) 799-4445

Police Officer Bruce St. Laurent was killed when his police motorcycle was struck by a pickup truck on the I-95 on-ramp, at 45th Street, at about 5:00 pm.
Officer St. Laurent was assigned to the motorcade escorting President Barack Obama from a campaign event in Palm Beach County. He was struck as he was preparing to close access to the highway from the on-ramp as the presidential motorcade neared. The impact pushed him and the motorcycle into a guardrail.
He was transported to St. Mary’s Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries.
Officer St. Laurent had served with the Jupiter Police Department for 20 years.

Jupiter Police Officer Bruce St. Laurent was killed Sunday afternoon after his motorcycle was struck by by a Ford F-150 pick-up truck as he rode in a motorcade as President Barack Obama traveled to the Palm Beach County Convention Center.

Officer Bruce St. Laurent was in the process of closing Interstate 95 at the 45th Street exit when he was struck, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Teri Barbera said. He was pronounced dead at the St. Mary’s Medical Center.

Officer Bruce St. Laurent was about to shut down Interstate 95 by the 45 th Street exit when he was struck by a vehicle, Barbera said. Officer St. Laurent was a 20-year veteran of the force.

 

WEST PALM BEACH —

Jupiter police officer Bruce St. Laurent, a 20-year veteran of the force who was killed Sunday when his motorcycle was struck during President Barack Obama’s motorcade, was known by fellow officers as a generous man who often played Santa Claus for the local Head Start program.

“We didn’t lose a co-worker. We lost a friend,” said Sgt. Scott Pascarella, Jupiter police spokesman, who trained St. Laurent, 55, when he was a new officer. “He would do anything for anyone.”

The accident happened about 4:40 p.m. on the southbound entrance ramp at 45th Street to Interstate 95. St. Laurent was on his motorcycle as part of the motorcade when he was struck by a white Ford F-150 pickup.

St. Laurent was taken to St. Mary’s Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, said Teri Barbera, spokeswoman for the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.

An emotional Jupiter Police Chief Frank Kitzerow declined comment.

“I’m so overwhelmed right now,” Kitzerow said. “Our first priority is notifying (St. Laurent’s) family.”

The driver of the truck also was not immediately identified. The sheriff’s office and the Florida Highway Patrol are investigating the crash.

Police officers from Jupiter and police chiefs from West Palm Beach and Jupiter attended a news conference Sunday night at St. Mary to discuss the accident.

Obama was in West Palm Beach on Sunday afternoon for a campaign event at the Palm Beach County Convention Center. The president was notified of the accident during the flight from Palm Beach International Airport to Washington, D.C., White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said.

St. Laurent was awarded in 2005 with a Distinguished Service Award by the Traffic Safety Committee of the Palm Beaches.

He was a motorcycle officer for the last 18 years.

In 2001, St. Laurent was injured when a vehicle he was chasing westbound on Indiantown Road suddenly stopped and he rammed into the vehicle. Two men in the vehicle were later arrested, one for driving with a revoked license and the other for having an outstanding warrant for reckless driving.

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2 Responses to “Police Officer Bruce St. Laurent Jupiter Police Department, Florida End of Watch: Sunday, September 9, 2012”


  1. 1 mycatmags September 10, 2012 at 00:19

    Rest in Peace, Officer St. Laurent…….may God watch over and comfort your family during this horrible time.

  2. 2 Joan Parker September 10, 2012 at 09:27

    Rest In Peace Officer St. Laurent…


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