TUSKEGEE, AL (WSFA) - The Tuskegee Police Department is mourning the loss of one of its own. Senior Patrol Officer Henry Boozer lost his battle with cancer this week.
Tuskegee Police Chief Marquez James still remembers the last conversation he had with Boozer before he lost his battle.
"He was not concerned about himself. He was concerned about the officers he was leaving behind. He wanted to ensure they were taking care of. He made me promise him that I would do right by the department," said James.
James said that was just one of many testaments to Boozer's commitment to the job.
"He was an inspiration to those officers around him. He touched so many lives," James said.
The way he served is also being remembered by ones like Macon County Sheriff Andre Brunson.
"He is just going to leave a legacy of hard work. Boozer was a real police officer. He believed in protecting and serving the community," said Brunson.
The 41-year-old began his Alabama Law Enforcement career in 2002. He served with the Macon County Sheriff's Office, Shorter, Victoryland, Hurtsboro and Notasulga PD before joining Tuskegee PD in 2013.
"He never changed," said Monique Smith.
Monique Smith worked with Boozer on and off for 15 years and said he always displayed the highest level of professionalism.
"Whatever we needed him to do. He was always running and he was going to go," said Smith.
A true asset to the city of Tuskegee who will be deeply missed, but never forgotten.
"He was one of a kind. He was one of integrity and honesty. He always kept a smile on his face. I will always think he is watching over us," said Fartima Bowen-Clark.
Officer Boozer was born Jan. 9, 1977 in Brooklyn, New York. Boozer is survived by his wife Michelle Boozer and his children. Words cannot express the extent in which he will be missed. A memorial service will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at 20 Line Creek Road in Montgomery.