OAK RIDGE — Brian Boshears, a career law enforcement officer from Oneida and long-time Tennessee Highway Patrol veteran, died at Methodist Medical Center here Monday afternoon from complications of pneumonia. He was 50.
Boshears, a 25-year veteran of the THP, was well-known and much-respected in the local community. News of his passing Monday led to an outpouring of support on social media networks Twitter and Facebook.
“We can’t tell you in words how hurt we are for the loss of such a good man,” Campbell County Sheriff Robbie K. Goins said on his Facebook page. “Brian has been a brother and friend to many. More importantly, he was a dedicated husband, father and soon to have been grandfather.”
On the Scott County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page, Sheriff Mike Cross offered prayers and support to Boshears’ family, as well.
Boshears had been hospitalized several weeks as he battled a complicated strain of pneumonia.
Following a brief stint in local law enforcement, Boshears joined THP in 1988. He was originally assigned to Rutherford County outside of Nashville, but was transferred to Scott County the following year, and spent the rest of his career in his home county.
In 2011, Boshears was promoted to sergeant. He also served many other roles with THP, including the Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT), the chaplain’s program and others.
Among his normal duties, he also escorted the governor on occasion and sometimes provided security at University of Tennessee sporting events.
Funeral services were not complete as of Tuesday morning. Jones & Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Boshears is survived by his wife, Jessica, and three children — one of whom is expecting his first grandchild — in addition to stepchildren, and his father, Paul Boshears.
Monday evening, a team of state and local law enforcement officers numbering nearly two dozen escorted Boshears’ body back to Oneida.