JUPITER, Fla. - There are many stories of lives impacted by Jupiter Police Officer Bruce St. Laurent, who was struck and killed by a passing motorist Sunday.
St. Laurent, a twenty year member of the Jupiter police force, was directing traffic as the motorcade of President Barack Obama passed through Palm Beach County. The driver of the vehicle, Susan Holloway, 56, of West Palm Beach, has not been charged.
On Monday, candles, cards and photos lined the doorway of the police department; signs of St. Laurent's lasting legacy.
It is often said that 'home is where the heart is.
"It's eight of them actually," said Joaquin Carrillo of Jupiter. "It's four on this side, four on this side." In Carrillo's neighborhood, eight homes have a piece of St. Laurent's legacy inside them. "Thanks to him, they're houses," said Carrillo. Carrillo, his wife, Angela Lohr and their two children live just off center street in one of eight Habitat For Humanity homes that Officer St. Laurent had a big hand in building. "We now have a roof over our heads and something to remember him by, that he was here," he said.
It was in 1996 when St. Laurent dedicated much of his time and his energy to giving back to those in his community. He volunteered for Habitat For Humanity, which gave several local families a place to call home. "He helped build these houses," said Lohr. "We'll have his memory but it's not the same." The couple has kept in touch with St. Laurent over the years and saw him patrolling their neighborhood just the other day. "We were going to stop and say 'Hi' but we didn't and that was it," she said.
Gone but not forgotten; St. Laurent's memory lives on in the hearts, and homes, of so many that he has helped over the years. "I'm a parent myself and just to think, if I were to go… it's heartbreaking," said Lohr.
NewsChannel 5 has attempted to speak with the driver of the vehicle that hit St. Laurent. Susan Holloway could not be reached for comment.
The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office said Holloway was not speeding and did try to stop her vehicle before striking the officer.
Funeral arrangements for St. Laurent have yet to be made public.