BADGE 2786, ID 4648
SDPD 02/02/1990 - 04/27/2001
03/29/1966 - 04/27/2001
Services were held for Cedric Boston, an 11-year-veteran of the San Diego Police Department who died April 27 of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The services will be at First United Methodist Church, 2111 Camino del Rio South, Mission Valley.

Mr. Boston, 35, had been assigned since November 1996 to the traffic division. "Cedric was one of traffic's most popular employees," said Police Chief David Bejarano.

After four years in the Navy, Mr. Boston joined the SDPD in February 1990. He was assigned to field training, the Central Patrol Division and the Mounted Enforcement Unit before joining the Traffic Division.

In January 1998, Mr. Boston helped apprehend an armed suspect in Mountain View who had been identified as one of Crime Stoppers' top 10 fugitives. He joined fellow officers Javier Nunez and Jennifer Grubbs in tackling Richard John Aguirre Jr., who, according to Crime Stoppers' information, had violated his state parole, failed to register as a sex offender and was considered armed and dangerous.

Colleagues described Mr. Boston as mild-mannered, generous, with a subtle sense of humor. As a field-training officer, he received praise for his ability and resourcefulness. "Great FTO, makes you feel at home," read one of his evaluations.

In a poem dedicated to Mr. Boston's memory, traffic Officer Eric D. Thomas wrote, in part:

This man was a person that you would like to have on your side.

He was kind, thoughtful, and generous and had a lot of pride.

The way he carried himself was indicative of grace and joy.

Especially the way he talked about his 3-year-old boy.

Born and raised in Birmingham, Ala., Mr. Boston joined the Navy after high school and served aboard the aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk.

Survivors include his wife, Menette; sons, Tony of Birmingham, Ala., Jonathon of St. Louis, Mo., and Cedric Jr. of San Diego; his parents, Carey and Thelma Boston of Birmingham, Ala.; and brothers, Carl, Carey III and Corey, all of Birmingham, Ala.
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