JUPITER, Fla. - Hundreds said goodbye to Officer Bruce St. Laurent, who was killed in the line of duty while directing traffic for president Barack Obama's motorcade over the weekend. In honor of St. Laurent, the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse is aglow in blue light.
They came in police cruisers, on foot and on motorcycles just like the one that St. Laurent was riding on Sunday - he day he died.
On Thursday evening, a viewing was held at Aycock Funeral Home, not far from where St. Laurent lived with his family.
"He's just a good person to our family, just a good person to this town," said Jupiter's William Brown, who has known St. Laurent since the 1980's. It was officer St. Laurent who vowed to escort Brown's Mother's funeral procession after she died of cancer in 2002. "He wanted to do it for my mom, because he knew my mom personally," said Brown. "He knew my family personally." Brown wanted to return the respect that St. Laurent gave him years ago. "It's just a tragedy and I hate to see him gone."
St. Laurent was struck and killed by a motorist, Susan Holloway, 56, while directing traffic as President Barack Obama's motorcade wound way through Palm Beach County.
Members of local law enforcement who never worked side by side with St. Laurent know the risks every time they put on the uniform.
"We understand it. Our families understand it," said Capt. David Bernhardt of the West Palm Beach Police Department. "When it does happen, it doesn't make it any easier when there's a loss within your brotherhood," he said.
The Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse will be lit in blue through Friday night. St. Laurent leaves behind a wife and four children. Funeral services honoring St. Laurent will take place Friday at 11 a.m. at Christ Fellowship Church in Palm Beach Gardens. Governor Rick Scott is expected to attend. Following the memorial, a procession will depart for Riverside Memorial Park in Tequesta.
Drivers are being warned their will likely be traffic delays in the area.
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