Hundreds turn out for funeral of BSO Deputy Christopher Schaub

POMPANO BEACH, Fla.-- Hundreds of mourners paid final tributes on Tuesday during the funeral for Broward Sheriff's Deputy Christopher Schaub, including his own son who is a member of the force.

The emotional ceremony was held at the Cavalry Chapel in Fort Lauderdale where officers from dozens of police agencies throughout Florida gathered to honor the fallen deputy.
Flanked by members of the department's motorcycle officers, Schaub's flag-draped casket was slowly rolled into the chapel shorty before 11:30 a.m.

Schaub, 47, was a motorcycle officer who died Sept. 26 while on duty in Pompano Beach following a crash between his Harley-Davidson and a Mercedes -Benz.  He had been a member of the department for 22 years.

The crash remains under investigation.The driver of the Mercedes had injuries that were not life-threatening, the agency said. She was taken to a hospital.

Tuesday's viewing included reflections and remarks by Schaub's partners, family members and Florida Gov. Rick Scott. Broward Sheriff Al Lamberti gave the official eulogy.

Schaub's partners Deputy Eric Crompton and Deputy Mario Potvin described him as a dedicated motorcycle officer who loved riding his bike when not cracking jokes on them.

One of the most emotional moments came when Schaub's son, Tim, struggled as he remembered how he sought to follow his father's footsteps in a law enforcement career.

"I would give anything in the world just to have five more minutes with my father," the son said. "Just to say thank you, and I love you."

Deputy Scott Schaeffer said "everybody hurts today." He worked with Schaub and praised his work ethic and teaching skills.

Lamberti recalled how he first got word about Schuab while he attending a sheriff's association function. He got on a plane and was greeted at the airport with the grim news.

"As soon as I saw them, I had a sick feeling in my stomach that said this isn't going to be good," Lamberti recalled. "In that instance, I felt like what a military mother feels like."

Lamberti went on to say that Schaub "paid the ultimate sacrifice."

Following the service, several roads will be closed Tuesday afternoon: eastbound Cypress Creek Road; I-95 north to Sample Road and Sample Road east to 12th Street at Federal Highway.

The funeral followed Monday night's viewing for Schaub. The service for the father of two, brought mourners, colleagues and officers from law enforcement agencies from around South Florida on Monday to a nearly century-old, white-steepled church in Pompano Beach.
Beneath dark skies, the viewing began at 4 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Pompano Beach, 138 NE First St.

Seen paying their respects to the deputy's survivors were officers from the Palm Beach Sheriff's Office; Boca Raton police; Miami-Dade and Fort Lauderdale police. Mounted units patrolled area streets for the crowd that was expected to grow despite the rainy weather.


Staff Writer Carlean Jean contributed to this report.

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