September 10, 2012

Bruce St. Laurent - Law Enforcement - Florida

Police Officer Bruce St. Laurent, age 55, of Jupiter, Florida, died in the line of duty on September 9, 2012, near West Palm Beach, Florida. 

Bruce was a member of the Jupiter Police Department. He had 20 years of service - 18 of those years as a motorcycle cop. 

Officer St. Laurent was assigned to the motorcade escorting President Barack Obama from a campaign event in Palm Beach County. At about 4:40 p.m, he was struck by a pick-up truck on the I-95 on ramp as he was preparing to close access to the highway from the on-ramp as the presidential motorcade neared. The impact pushed him and his motorcycle into a guardrail. He was transported to St. Mary’s Medical Center, in West Palm Beach where he succumbed to his injuries.

Bruce  was born in Fall River, Massachusetts, and moved to Jupiter, Florida in 1973, and had lived there ever since.  He began his decorated career with the Jupiter Police Department in 1992. Three times, most recently in 2008, Bruce was named "Officer of the Quarter," and in 1996, he was selected as the "Officer of the Year". 

Michael, Archangel,
Patron Saint of the Police,
pray for Bruce
Fellow officers stated that Bruce went beyond his duties as a police officer to help the community, including playing Santa Claus at local holiday events, helping high school students with physics experiments and helping Habitat for Humanity build houses for the needy.

Friends said that Bruce would do anything for anybody. He is described as generous and kind. 

Police Officials stated that they are shocked and disturbed over the loss of this officer. 

The White House stated that the President's thoughts and prayers are with the officer's family.

Bruce is survived by many loving friends and loved ones including his wife, Brenda; and their four children -  Larry, Albert, Lenny and Chartelle.

Pray for all who die in the line of duty. 

Let us pray that Bruce St. Laurent is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

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