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Fla. officer in Obama motorcade struck, killed

By Matt Sedensky

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - A motorcycle police officer who was part of President Barack Obama's motorcade to a campaign event in Florida died Sunday after being struck by a pickup truck.

Officer Bruce St. Laurent, 55, was a 20-year veteran of the Jupiter Police Department and one of several officers from agencies across Palm Beach County helping with security for the president's visit.

He was ahead of the motorcade on Interstate 95 preparing to shut down the highway when he was hit by the Ford F-150, Palm Beach County Sheriff's spokeswoman Teri Barbera said. He was taken to nearby St. Mary's Medical Center and was pronounced dead.

Jupiter Police spokesman Sgt. Scott Pascarella, told The Palm Beach Post ( ) he trained St. Laurent when he was a new officer.

"We didn't lose a co-worker. We lost a friend," Pascarella told the newspaper. "He would do anything for anyone."

Barbera said an investigation was ongoing and no charges had yet been filed against the driver.

Obama was on the second day of a bus tour through the key swing state and made a campaign appearance Sunday at the Palm Beach County Convention Center.

White House press secretary Jay Carney said the president didn't see the accident, but he was notified of the officer's death and said "our thoughts and prayers are with the officer's family."

The Post also reported that St. Laurent had been a motorcycle officer for 18 years and in 2005 he earned a Distinguished Service Award by the Traffic Safety Committee of the Palm Beaches.

The newspaper reported that tn 2001, he was injured when a vehicle he was chasing suddenly stopped and he rammed into it. The two occupants were later arrested, one on a charge of driving with a revoked license and the other for having an outstanding warrant for reckless driving.

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  1. cxComment by genesal
    September 10, 2012 @ 7:59 am

    Obam would have prayed for the officer, but didn’t have a rug handy!

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    • inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
      September 10, 2012 @ 9:47 am

      One more American thrown under the Obama Campaign bus by the guy who never learned how to drive,,,can the people in the wheel chair be far behind?

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  2. cynicalpeteComment by cynicalpete
    September 10, 2012 @ 11:57 am

    Very tragic news. Killed while doing his job.

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    • cxComment by genesal
      September 10, 2012 @ 12:24 pm

      Yes, same as the 5 troops killed in Afghanistan last week, and not mentioned.

      Thanks, troopers, get some rest now.

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  3. thomasjeffersonComment by thomasjefferson
    September 10, 2012 @ 12:40 pm

    Probably hit by a drunk illegal alien registered as a dumbocrat to vote in Florida.

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  4. freedomfighterComment by freedomfighter
    September 10, 2012 @ 1:31 pm

    Very Tragic, and saddning. I pray his family will find peace in short term, for the senseless loss they have needlessly suffered.

    Especially at the hands of a man who obviousy does not know how to hit the right target.

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