FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - The Broward Sheriff's Office offered an expression of sympathy to the family of Christopher Schaub, who died after a motorcycle crash last month.
Tim and Kaitlyn Schaub, Christopher's children, received the proclamation from Broward County Commissioners on Tuesday afternoon. BSO deputies crowded the ceremony.
Kaitlyn said greeting the BSO deputies who turned out to honor her father reminded her of when she was a girl.
"Growing up with him always in his uniform, him picking me up, and I couldn't really hug him because all the things were poking me in every part," said Kaitlyn.
Schaub will always be remembered by his children wearing his police uniform. It's mostly why his son Tim wears the same one today. He followed in his father's footsteps and became a BSO deputy.
"Everybody respected him and, not because of the uniform, but more so because of the person he was," said Tim.
Christopher Schaub died on September 26 when his BSO Harley Davidson collided with a car in Pompano Beach. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.
Schaub, a 22 year veteran, spent much of his career in a patrol car and in the detective bureau, but eventually followed his heart to the motor unit.
"He loved riding motorcycles. On his time off, that's what he did," said Tim. "And, the motor unit, we all made fun of him for going to the motor unit because he did a great job in the detective bureau."
Broward County leaders offered their condolences and gratitude to Schaub's children and declared Tuesday, October 9th, Deputy Christopher Schaub Memorial Day in Broward County.
"That's really what it's all about. We all help one another through these tough times," said Broward Sheriff Al Lamberti. "And, 6,000 men and woman -- anybody's name could be on that wall and they know it."
Schaub's children told Local 10's Roger Lohse they were grateful for the turnout and the support from their extended BSO family. But for Kaitlyn, it's mostly the hugs that help the most.
"It's definitely overwhelming but I hug them because I feel like I'm still hugging him, so it helps a lot," said Kaitlyn.
Schaub is the fourth BSO deputy or firefighter to have been killed in the line of duty in the Pompano Beach district in the last five years. On Tuesday evening, the City of Pompano Beach also honored Schaub.
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