Hero Down: NOPD Reserve Capt. Raymond Boseman Dies From Coronavirus
New Orleans, LA – New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) Reserve Captain Raymond Boseman died on March 31 after contracting COVID-19.
Capt. Boseman, 78, served the NOPD for over 35 years, and was both the creator and commander of the Poydras and St. Charles Mardi Gras Corridor Traffic Plan, the department said in a press release on Friday.
His plan ensured that first responders and citizens “had a safe and reliable point to traverse the routes” during the events, according to the NOPD.
“His team – consisting of reserve officers, civilian volunteers and reserve police recruits – received high praise from the NOPD and City officials for consistent flawless and efficient work each year,” the department noted.
Capt. Boseman worked nearly all of the city’s large-scale gatherings, including concerts, marathons, Mardi Gras parades, national college sports championships, and Super Bowls.
“One of Boseman’s favorite details was working in the parking garage at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, where he allowed New Orleans Saints players in and out of the games for many years,” the NOPD said. “He also enjoyed working the Doll and Toy Fund event every year, as he himself once received toys from the same drive as a child.”
Capt. Boseman was also a talented musician who traveled the world as a Moses Hogan Chorale singer.
Prior to his 35 years of service with NOPD, Capt. Boseman worked as a music teacher, Social Security Department employee, and as a member of the U.S. Customs Service, according the NOPD.
“The NOPD extends its condolences to the family, friends and loved ones of Capt. Boseman and offer thanks for his many years of dedicated service to the NOPD and to the City of New Orleans,” NOPD Superintendent Shaun Ferguson said in the press release.
“He was an exemplary person and an outstanding member of our NOPD family,” Superintendent Ferguson added. “He will be missed greatly by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.”
Capt. Boseman leaves behind his wife of 57 years, Sybil, as well as his two children, six grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
He is also survived by his sisters, one brother-in-law, and one sister-in-law.
His nephew, Tod Smith, said that Capt. Boseman loved his job as a volunteer law enforcement officer.
“He was a Reserve officer for 35 years, which is unbelievably long for someone to do something on a volunteer basis,” Smith told WWL. “I think he did it because he really truly loved the city. He loved people and that was his way to give back.”
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of New Orleans Police Department Reserve Captain Raymond Boseman, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.