With black bands on their badges, the Broward Sheriff’s Office community on Thursday mourned the loss of Deputy Christopher Schaub, killed in a motorcycle accident the day before.
Schaub, 47, was traveling west on McNab Road in Pompano Beach Wednesday when he collided with a Mercedes Benz driven by Mirtha Odell, 63, of Fort Lauderdale.
Odell was treated for non-life threatening injuries. Schaub was airlifted to Broward Health Medical Center in critical condition. He died that night.
“It’s obvious that riding a police motorcycle is risky. It shows that even if you’re not doing anything specific it can be dangerous,’’ said Broward Sheriff Al Lamberti. “He loved being a motor deputy.’’
A motorman for three years, Schaub had also worked road patrol and in the detective bureau. He received employee of the month honors several times.
“It is noted that his greatest quality was his persistence and dedication to duty,’’ Lamberti posted on Facebook and the BSO website.
“A career in public safety is not for everyone, but it was the one Chris chose and excelled in,” Lamberti said.
Schaub had been a Broward deputy for 22 years, BSO spokeswoman Dani Moschella said. Before serving in Broward, Schaub started his law enforcement career in New Jersey with the Livingston Police Department.
Schaub is survived by daughter Kaitlyn Schaub and son Timothy Schaub, who is a deputy sheriff in Pompano Beach.
The Department of Law Enforcement is working closely with the chaplain’s office and the Schaub family to plan a memorial service, Lamberti said.
This story has been updated to correct information.