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Thousands turn out for fallen BSO deputy’s memorial service

For three generations, the Schaub men have served and protected.

“Ever since I was young, I looked up to my father, not only because he was taller than me, he was also my hero,’’ Timothy Schaub said Tuesday at the funeral service for his father, BSO Deputy Christopher Schaub. “Ever since I could remember he was always wearing a police uniform. I always knew that when I became older, when I became a man, when I became an adult, I wanted to be just like him.”

Christopher Schaub, 47, was killed last week in Pompano Beach during a motorcycle accident while he was on duty. On Tuesday, more than 2,000 friends, family and members of the Broward Sheriff’s Office came to Calvary Chapel in Fort Lauderdale to honor his life.

The service included a rider less horse, with boots hanging off the saddle, to symbolize the loss of Schaub. As guests departed the church, a last symbolic radio call was heard, marksmen gave Schaub a 21-gun salute and the missing man formation flew overhead.

Schaub joined BSO in 1990 and worked in road patrol, the detective’s bureau and as a motorman. Sheriff Al Lamberti described Schaub as a selfless man who bleeds green, the color of the BSO uniform.

Schaub had a passion for riding motorcycles, the sheriff said.

“It’s kind of different because it’s mostly the younger deputies who aspire to get on motorcycles,’’ Lamberti said. “Very rarely later in their career do they want to do that. He felt it was something he wanted to do.’’

The motorcycle deputies retired Schaub’s radio number 44 as a tribute to Schaub, something that has never been done before.

“Deputy Schaub is remembered today for the mark he made on each of the lives of those here and in communities all across Broward County,’’ said Gov. Rick Scott. “The lives he saved, the ones he protected, the ones he served will endure as a reminder to his dedication and service to his neighbors.”

Other deputies commented on the impact Schaub left on BSO.

“As a new guy coming into the detective bureau, the legacy he left for me is to care about the job, the details,’’ said Det. Scott Schaefer, one of Schaub’s colleagues. “Care about everything, care about your job and have passion for people as well.”

Deputies Eric Crompton and Mario Potvin, also Schaub’s colleagues, remembered his sense of humor and how he had the best pressed uniform.

“One thing any supervisor would tell you about Chris’s uniforms is that they were always impeccable. Chris was proud to put it on each and everyday he came to work,” Crompton said.

Crompton not only remembered Schaub’s compassion for people, but for his pets as well.

“At times Chris’s house was a pet sanctuary. Cats, dogs, birds, it didn’t matter. If an animal needed a home, Chris would gladly welcome it in his home and his heart,” Crompton said.

“Deputy Christopher Schaub was a mountain of a man,’’ added Potvin. “He was an exceptional motorman and an amazing deputy sheriff who loved to ride.’’

After the funeral service, rain lightly fell on Timothy Schaub and his sister Kaitlyn Schaub as they were given burial flags.

Schaub’s name will soon be engraved on the Florida Sheriff Memorial Wall in Tallahassee, joining the names of 21 deputies and nine firefighters from Broward County.