Off-duty La. fire captain dies in apparent drowning

Capt. Bryan Bozeman, 45, slipped and fell into canal water while at a popular fishing and recreation area


The Advocate, Baton Rouge, La.

BATON ROUGE, La. — A Baton Rouge Fire Department captain died in an apparent drowning near the Gulf Coast, authorities said, as the department mourned the veteran fireman's death Sunday.

Capt. Bryan Bozeman, 45, slipped and fell into canal water Saturday night while at a popular fishing and recreation area near Cocodrie, roughly 30 miles south of Houma along the coast, according to the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's Office.

Captain Bryan Bozeman (right) photographed upon his promotion to captain on March 23, 2018. (Photo/Baton Rouge Fire Department Facebook)
Captain Bryan Bozeman (right) photographed upon his promotion to captain on March 23, 2018. (Photo/Baton Rouge Fire Department Facebook)

His family helped pull him out of the water and others attempted to revive him, a spokesman for the sheriff's office said. Emergency crews brought Bozeman to a local hospital where he later died.

The Baton Rouge Fire Department wrote in a Sunday Facebook post about Bozeman's death, which attracted memories and thoughts from several people he worked with over the years. Some of his colleagues described his bravery as a firefighter and sense of humor while on the job.

"Bryan was full of life and loved helping others," the fire department wrote on its post. "He will be missed dearly."

Authorities in Terrebonne Parish said Bozeman's death appeared to be accidental.

 

Last night the Baton Rouge Fire Department lost one of our brothers. Captain Bryan Bozeman passed away while off duty....

Posted by Baton Rouge Fire Department on Sunday, October 6, 2019

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