The Palm Beach County stretch of the 16th Tour De Force — a charity bicycle ride which raises money given to families of fallen law-enforcement officers — began Monday and will pass through the Treasure Coast today.
The tour is a five-day, 270-mile ride which started Sunday in North Miami Beach and ends Thursday in Daytona Beach.
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SERVING THESE FAMILIES
This year’s tour benefits the families of those who passed in 2012:
— Jupiter Police Officer Bruce St. Laurent, who was killed Sept. 9. St. Laurent was killed while riding in President Barack Obama’s motorcade when his police motorcycle was struck by a pickup truck on the Interstate 95 on-ramp.
— Broward County sheriff’s Deputy Christopher Schaub, who was killed Sept. 26. Schaub was killed in a motorcycle accident when his motorcycle collided with a car at an intersection.
— Clay County sheriff’s Detective David Adam White, who was killed Feb. 16. White was shot during a raid of a suspected drug house.
— Brevard County sheriff’s Deputy Barbara Pill, who was killed March 6. Pill was shot after pulling over a man who was wanted for stealing property from a motel.
— Florida Department of Corrections Sgt. Ruben Howard Thomas, III, who was killed March 18. Thomas was stabbed to death by an inmate at the Columbia Correctional Institution Annex.