PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. - Police officers have bid a solemn farewell to one of their own who was killed in an accident while leading President Barack Obama's motorcade.
Officers from around the state and across the country turned out at funeral services Friday for Bruce St. Laurent.
Gov. Rick Scott and the director of the U.S. Secret Service were among those who paid their respects.
"Thank goodness he's in Heaven, but I know your heart will be empty for a long time," Scott said to the congregation, which also included members of the U.S. Secret Service.
St. Laurent's casket was carried into a Palm Beach Gardens church by eight uniformed officers. Eulogies honored him as a trusted colleague and big-hearted friend.
St. Laurent's son, Albert Schevey, spoke glowingly about his father.
"He was a dedicated father to us four children and seven grandchildren," Schevey said. "My father had an incredible hunger ... for family, a hunger for life, a hunger for serving others, and a hunger for serving our community."
St. Laurent was hit by a pickup truck Sunday while attempting to shut down a stretch of Interstate 95 in West Palm Beach, where Obama was traveling for a campaign stop.
The officer was a 20-year veteran of the force and was beloved in his community for his volunteer efforts and his work with area high school kids.
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