Rename the Smoky Park Bridge as the Captain Bowen Memorial Bridge
  • Petitioned North Carolina Board of Transportation

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North Carolina Board of Transportation

Rename the Smoky Park Bridge as the Captain Bowen Memorial Bridge

    1. Asheville Fire Fighters Association
    2. Petition by

      Asheville Fire Fighters Association

      Asheville, NC

The Asheville Fire Fighters Association began a petition to persuade members of the NC Board of Transportation in renaming the Smoky Park Bridge in Asheville, NC as the Captain Bowen Memorial Bridge. Captain Bowen was killed in the line of duty after receiving injuries while fighting an arson fire on July 28, 2011 in Asheville, NC. To honor Captain Bowen and his surviving family, Western North Carolina residents, emergency service personnel, Asheville City Council Members, Buncombe County Board of Commissioners, as well as personnel from the NC Office of State Fire Marshall, petitioned the NC Board of Transportation to rename the Smoky Park Bridge as the Captain Bowen Memorial Bridge.

Unfortunately, the NC Board of Transportation denied this request stating that the honor was only applicable towards fallen law enforcement officers. Although fallen law enforcement personnel should receive this decoration, the Asheville Fire Fighters Association believes it is due to any emergency personnel member who dies while protecting his or her community. We believe that one group of individuals should not receive preferential treatment, especially when someone sacrifices his or her life.

To conclude, the Asheville Fire Fighters Association requests that the NC Board of Transportation reverse its earlier refusal to rename the Smoky Park Bridge in honor of Captain Bowen. By reversing its earlier decision, NC Board of Transportation members will honor the appeal from Captain Bowen’s family and residents of Western North Carolina. However, if the Board denies this appeal, a continued effort will be directed at the NC DOT and its Board of Transportation until an equitable decision is rendered.

Thank you for your support.

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    1. Reached 7,000 signatures
    2. Keep it going

      Asheville Fire Fighters Association
      Petition Organizer

      The AFFA would like to again thank everyone who signed the Bowen Bridge Memorial petition and those who helped spread its information. Hitting the 5,000 mark was extremely impressive, but nearing 10,000 is absolutely amazing.

      In the coming days, the AFFA will be garnering support from local, state and US elected officials who wish to support this measure via written letter. The AFFA will deliver these letters, as well as attend, during the next regular meeting of the NC Board of Transportation (April 3-4). If you wish to write a letter, personal correspondence can be mailed to:

      Capt. Bowen Bridge Proposal
      C/O AFFA
      PO Box 3291
      Asheville, NC 28802

    3. Reached 6,000 signatures
    4. Closing in on 500

      Asheville Fire Fighters Association
      Petition Organizer

      Everyone: thank you for your support! The number of signatures has exponentially increased and will continue in this manner for some time. Please continue spreading this petition to everyone you know. With enough signatures and support, we will prevail and give Jeff and his family the respect they deserve!

    5. Reached 250 signatures

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    • James Alexander FOREST CITY, NC
      • about 2 years ago

      I think it would be nice to rename and keep the memory of captain bowen around

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    • Christopher Brown TAYLORSVILLE, NC
      • about 2 years ago

      Because Capt. Bowen served the City of Asheville for many years and this a excellent way to honor him. I mean you guys do it for police officers and state troopers. Why not a fellow firefighter.

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    • Joyce DeWitt FORT MILL, SC
      • about 2 years ago

      Because firefighters, police officers, and our military are our bravest citizens. They give us protection, safety, and security by offering their lives for us every day that they go to work. They never know when they will face danger, but they go to work willingly every day to serve the community. And they are not rewarded nearly enough.

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    • Susanne Green BLACK MOUNTAIN, NC
      • about 2 years ago

      This man died fighting a fire in the building that I worked in at the time. I think this honor should apply to firefighters as well as law enforcement. We have bridges in Asheville named after people who aren't either one!!!!

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    • Nolan Rudisill MAIDEN, NC
      • about 2 years ago

      I am a volunteer firefighter, and this cause is dear to me.

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