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Capt. Jeff Bowen Memorial Service
Firefighters, friends and family of Captain Jeff Bowen gather to dedicate a memorial to the man who died battling a building fire, 2 years ago.
Jeff Bowen's wife, Stacy Bowen, and their family attended the service along with firefighters, friends and Mission Health workers. They unveiled a memorial plaque honoring Captain Bowen, and it provides a summary of the five-alarm fire on July 28, 2011, at the building then called 445 Biltmore Avenue.
The plaque says "while searching for victims, Captain Jeff Bowen perished in that fire and nine other fellow firefighters were injured." It also notes that an investigation revealed that the fire was intentionally set by an arsonist.
Stacy Bowen says the plaque, and the building, provide a much-appreciated tribute to her husband and all firefighters. The building is now called 1 Hospital Drive and Mission Health occupies most of the space.
By: Sherrill Barber