08/01/11 244 W, 1 I - + 12 - 7 Arrangements For Asheville Capt. Jeff Bowen, Updated

Monday morning update:

The Asheville Fire Department invites all departments to be part of the funeral procession. Apparatus should arrive at Biltmore Baptist Church, 35 Clayton Road, Arden, by 10:30 a.m., on Tuesday, August 2. Upon arrival, they will be directed to a parking area. At the end of the procession, AFD apparatus will enter the parking lot of the funeral home for a private AFD family ceremony. Non-AFD apparatus will continue west on Patton Avenue and are released at this point. Please confirm attendance via e-mail. See this Firefighter Close Calls notice for contact information.

Memorial services for Asheville Fire Department Capt. Jeff Bowen, who died yesterday, have been announced. Visitation is Monday, August 1, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Biltmore Baptist Church, 35 Clayton Road, Arden. Memorial service is Tuesday, August 2, at 11:00 a.m. at the same location. Arden is located approximately six miles south of Asheville. Fire service participation information is pending. Stay tuned to FireNews.net or ashevillenc.gov.   

Additional updates from this Asheville press release: Firefighter Jay Bettencourt, injured yesterday and transported a burn center in Augusta, GA, is the process of being discharged and returning to Asheville. He is reportedly feeling well. Two firefighters remain hospitalized at Mission Hospital.  Both are in stable condition and are awaiting discharge. The investigation continues as to the cause of the fire.  

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Here’s a WXII story with footage of the procession that left Winston-Salem this afternoon, returning Capt. Bowen’s body to Asheville. http://www.wxii12.com/r/28708862/detail...
Legeros - 07/29/11 - 20:11

Honor Guards wishing to participate in services for Captain Bowen should contact Skyland Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Rick Wood at rwood@skylandfire.com or via cell at 828-230-7114.
Legeros - 07/30/11 - 18:28

Does anyone know if they are going to have an apparatus procession? I’ve emailed Chief Wood, but haven’t heard back as of yet (I know he has a lot going on right now). We are trying to make arrangements for our personnel to attend and lining up transportation, be it engine company or van.
Trying to Attend - 08/01/11 - 00:13

Here is some info: http://www.firefighterclosecalls.com/new..
Legeros - 08/01/11 - 05:49

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