Homer Bosserman, known for his 15 years of volunteer service to the California Highway Patrol, turns 101 on Saturday.
The World War II Marine veteran celebrated a few days early this week with coworkers at the CHP’s Monterey County field office. The party included a potluck and a sugar-free CHP-gold cake with a white-and-black “US 101” highway sign and a picture of Bosserman as a young serviceman.
Bosserman drives to the office two days each week from his Carmel home to log and file citations and perform other clerical duties. He usually comes to work on Wednesdays and Fridays. More than 800 seniors do similar volunteer work for the patrol statewide.
“He’s still going strong,” said Monterey-area CHP Capt. William Perlstein.
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About 25 CHP employees attended the Tuesday get-together and sang “Happy Birthday” before Bosserman blew out the candles on his cake.
Someone asked Bosserman whether he would keep volunteering, Perlstein recalled. Bosserman’s quick reply: “As long as I get a party like this every year, I’ll keep volunteering.”
Bosserman has become something of a celebrity in the department as a serving centenarian. Highway Patrol Commissioner Joe Farrow honored Bosserman last year with the department’s highest award, the Commissioner’s Medal of Distinction.