POMPANO BEACH (CBSMiami) – Accompanied by dozens of motormen in uniform, family, friends and co workers say goodbye to a BSO deputy killed last week in a traffic accident.
Deputy Christopher Schaub died Sept. 26th after his motorcycle collided with a car while he was on duty in Pompano Beach. His death on duty was the first since the motorcycle unit’s beginning in the 1970’s.
Schaub began his career with the sheriff’s office in 1990.
More than 2,500 people, many law officers and even Gov. Rick Scott attended his funeral at the Calvary Chapel in Fort Lauderdale. “I will never forget you chris,” said his road partner Deputy Eric Compton. “IU’ll always take you memory with me to work, each and every time i put this uniform and ride my motor, you will be right beside me. ”
“When a fellow motor officer goes down, it’s kind of like a brotherhood,” said Indian River County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Albert Iovino, “so you come down here and show your support.”
The procession left the Kraeer Funeral Home in Pompano Beach at 10:15 a.m.
It made a brief stop at Fire Station #53 before finishing the journey to Calvary Chapel. Flanked by members of the department’s motorcycle officers, Schaub’s flag-drapped casket was slowly rolled into the chapel shorty before 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.
“We all had our own time to you know say our own prayers and think about the times we had with Chris,” said BSO Deputy David Roberts.
Schaub trained Deputy Roberts for his job on the BSO motorcycle unit nearly 10 years ago.
“He was a great person to work with. People were very impressed with him. He was just a good person,” Deputy Roberts said.
Deputy Schaub left behind two children, a daughter and son. His son Tim followed in his footsteps and is now a BSO deputy.
“Iwould give anything in the world just to have 5 more minutes with my father just to say thank you, i love you and ride safe,” said his son Tim.
The final services Tuesday reminded all of the motor officers that each and every day, their lives are on the line.
“Whether you’re pulling up on an alarm, or whatever it is, there’s no protection for you on a motorcycle,” Deputy Roberts said.
At the service, a memorial video is being played.
Watch the memorial video here.
Monday night, deputies paid their respects at a viewing for Deputy Schaub.
Sheriff Al Lamberti said Schaub’s closest friends in the agency — the motorcycle deputies — decided to do something unprecedented for Schaub. They are making sure no one will ever again use Schaub’s radio number 44.
“Retiring his number, I think the deputies decided it was a good way to pay tribute to him that nobody would ever use the radio number 44,” Lamberti said.
BSO says Schaub’s personnel file is full of commendations from his peers and the public. He was also named Employee of the Month several times.
Schaub was part of a law enforcement legacy. Schaub’s father was an officer in New Jersey and Schaub’s son, Tim, works for BSO.