TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — A Florida police officer died following a “tragic accident” while on patrol in Pembroke Pines Thursday, according to authorities.

The Pembroke Pines Police Department said Motorcycle Officer Charles “Charlie” Herring was on patrol near 184 Avenue and Sheridan Street when he was struck by a piece of debris that fell from a tree.

The debris caused Herring to fall from his motorcycle. Despite lifesaving efforts from fellow officers and EMS, Herring later died as a result of his injuries.

Before his 21-plus years serving with the Pembroke Pines Police Department, Herring served in the U.S. Army.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends and the Pembroke Pines Police Department on the loss of Motorman Charles Herring,” said Rod Skirvin, president of the Broward County Police Benevolent Association.

“Keep Charlie’s family, friends, and the men and women of the Pembroke Pines PD in your thoughts and prayers,” the Bradenton Police Department said.

He is survived by three children.