Alcoa officer dies at 45
From Staff Reports
Alcoa Police Chief Ken Burge regretfully announced the death of one of his officers Saturday morning.
Alcoa Police Officer James Edward Bowman, 45, passed away Saturday morning of natural causes, a release from the Alcoa Police Department (APD) states.
Officer Bowman began his career with the APD in 2000, the release states. He was assigned to the patrol division and was also a former K-9 officer with the department.
“He was a fine officer who loved his family, his career and this community,” Chief Burge said. “He will be missed by so many.”
Burge said that Bowman will receive a full police funeral, with an honor guard present.
“It’s a terrible loss for us, for the community,” Burge said.
Burge also thanked the Blount County Sheriff’s Office and Maryville Police Department for answering calls for service in Alcoa this morning following Officer Bowman’s death.
Bowman’s daughter, Cheyenne Bowman, left her Virginia college to return to the area Saturday at the news of her father’s death. The 20-year-old Alcoa High School graduate has requested that in lieu of flowers, all donations be made to the Fraternal Order of Police-sponsored “Shop with a Cop” program.
Burial service details have not been completed.