For Immediate Release: August 9, 2012

Bridge to be Named in Memory of Asheville Firefighter on Aug. 15

RALEIGH -- On Aug. 15, 2012, the Smoky Park Bridge in Asheville is to be renamed as a memorial to Capt. Jeff Bowen, an Asheville firefighter who lost his life in the line of duty in July 2011.

The state Board of Transportation voted in April to name the bridge in honor of Bowen with the support of Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Wayne Goodwin, Bowen’s family, the Asheville City Council, the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners and firefighters from across the state.

"Capt. Bowen gave his life protecting others," Goodwin said. "To his family, friends and fellow firefighters, we express our humble gratitude for his and their service and sacrifice."

Bowen, a 13-year veteran of the Asheville Fire Department, was fatally injured responding to a fire in a medical office building on July 28, 2011. Nearly a dozen other firefighters suffered injuries; more than 200 people escaped the building unharmed. The fire was ruled an arson.

Event details:

Dedication ceremony
August 15, 2012
9 a.m.
Westgate Shopping Center parking lot, adjacent to Smoky Park Bridge

Shuttle service to Westgate Shopping Center will be provided from the K-Mart Shopping Plaza on Patton Avenue in West Asheville from 8:00 a.m. to 8:50 a.m. and immediately after the event.

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