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Asheville honors fallen firefighter

Posted August 1, 2011

— A slow procession of Asheville Fire Department vehicles escorted the body of one of their own to his funeral Monday afternoon. 

Capt. Jeff Bowen, 37, was killed when he rushed into a five-story medical building that was burning.

The procession took Bowen from Groce Funeral Home to Biltmore Baptist Church where a public visitation is scheduled from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.

A memorial service is scheduled for Tuesday morning, also at Biltmore Baptist Church.

Bowen was conducting a rescue operation with another firefighter Thursday when they issued a mayday call over the radio. Ten other firefighters were injured.

The fire began on the top floor of a five-story medical building near Mission Hospital in Asheville. The 200 people inside the building got out safely.


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  • batricia1 Aug 1, 2011

    You want to hear the radio traffic of the fire go to and look under the LODD section.

  • iamsiam1096 Aug 1, 2011

    Fire, Police, Rescue...our TRUE heros.


  • alleycat Aug 1, 2011

    This is a tragic death of a servant to the public. Our prayers will be with the family as they go through this terrible ordeal.

  • Wendellcatlover Aug 1, 2011

    I had not heard about this fire and death. So prayers and thoughts are with his family, and the entire fire dept. God speed!

  • cwood3 Aug 1, 2011

    God bless him, his family, and the Ashville Fire Department. Good firefighters/good leaders/good men/fathers-husbands are always missed by their families, piers and their communities.

    I'm sure this American hero left his mark on Asheville!!

  • cjspeaks Aug 1, 2011

    Rest In Peace Capt. Jeff Bowen.

    A Fireman's Prayer...
    When I am called to duty, God
    Wherever Flames may rage,
    Give me strength to save some life
    Whatever Be its age.

    Help me embrace a little child
    Before it is too late,
    Or save an older person from The horror of that fate.

    Enable me to be alert and Hear the weakest shout, And quickly and efficiently To put the fire out.

    I want to fill my calling And give the best in me, To guard my every neighbor And protect their property.

    And if according to your will I should lose my life, Please bless with your protecting hand My children and my wife.

    -Author Unknown