Officer killed in presidential motorcade honored

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX) - Officers, with the Jupiter Police Department, are honoring a fallen officer Monday morning after he was killed Sunday afternoon when his motorcycle was struck by a vehicle.

Officer Bruce St. Laurent was riding in a motorcade as President Barack Obama was on his way to the Palm Beach County Convention Center when he was struck by a vehicle, according to Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Teri Barbera.

St. Laurent was about to shut down Interstate 95 by the 45th Street exit when he was struck by a vehicle, Barbera said. He was rushed to St. Mary's Medical Center where he later died.

Officers Monday morning placed Laurent's patrol vehicle in front of the department, decorating it with black banners and a single rose. A small memorial with a candles and a photo was also set up where visitors can pay their respects to St. Laurent.

St. Laurent lived in Jupiter since 1973 and was an officer there for 20 years -- 18 of those he was a motorcycle officer.

St. Laurent's fellow officers say he went beyond his duties as a police officer to help the community, and has received several awards including "Officer of the Year."

President Obama was notified of the tragedy by the U.S. Secret Service, Pascarella said.

Late Sunday evening the U.S. Secret Service issued the following statement: "The Secret Service extends their deepest sympathies to the officer's family and to the Jupiter Police Department."

The accident happened around 4:45 p.m. and is under investigation.

President Obama spoke Sunday afternoon to supporters at the Palm Beach County Convention Center in West Palm Beach.

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