Police Officer Dies in Crash While Assisting In Obama’s Motorcade

A motorcycle policeman in President Obama's motorcade was struck and killed by a pickup truck in Florida.

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Joel Auerbach / AP

The Seal of the President of the United States on Air Force One, seen after a campaign stop in West Palm Beach, Fla., Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/)

In a tragic ending to a weekend of campaign stops, a motorcycle police officer in President Barack Obama’s motorcade died Sunday after being struck by a pickup truck. The officer had been helping with security during President Obama’s visit to Florida.

Officer Bruce St. Laurent, 55, was killed as he took part in the motorcade escorting the president to a campaign event at the Palm Beach County Convention Center. St. Laurent, from the nearby Jupiter Police Department, was on his motorcycle preparing to shut down Interstate 95 when he was hit by a vehicle, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Teri Barbera told WPTV. He was taken to nearby St. Mary’s Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. Barbera told the AP that an investigation was ongoing and no charges had yet been filed against the driver of the pickup truck.

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St. Laurent was a 20-year veteran of the department, spending the last 18 years as a motorcycle officer, said Sgt. Scott Pascarella, spokesman for the Jupiter Police Department told The Palm Beach Post.“We didn’t lose a co-worker. We lost a friend,” said Sgt. Scott Pascarella, Jupiter police spokesman, who trained St. Laurent. “He would do anything for anyone.”

President Obama was notified of the tragedy by the U.S. Secret Service. White House press secretary Jay Carney said, “Our thoughts and prayers are with the officer’s family.” The Secret Service also issued a statement to WPTV: “The Secret Service extends their deepest sympathies to the officer’s family and to the Jupiter Police Department.”

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8 comments
Phoenix31756
Phoenix31756

NOTICE, that this article points out that the WHITE HOUSE and the Secret Service expresses their condolences but yet the MAN himself said NOTHING !  

He doesn't care about the SLAVES that work for him, all he cares about is him blowing smoke up everyone's arse to get where he wants to be !

hot_pants
hot_pants

It's really none of your business is it? But wouldn't it be more appropriate if the family was the one that heard from the president directly and not a Internet commentator like you? You're a bum

Phoenix31756
Phoenix31756

Just like yours ! It's none of your frigging business either ! Whether or not that did happen between the family and the Potus, it's anybodies guess as to whether it's the truth or not, I wasn't there and neither was you ! You'll believe anything that the White House tells you,,,opps, feeds you !

You just hate others for playing Devils Advocate, don't you ? 

STFU and do what your best at, REMF ! 

DanToro
DanToro

You really need to get out some more...*smh*

Phoenix31756
Phoenix31756

I'll take your advice in consideration but in the mean time, I suggest that since you go around suggesting others to what you think they should do............Wrap your lips around an exhaust pipe !