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Community says goodbye to Lebanon police officer

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Lebanon Police Officer Joseph Bowen was found in Dry Creek after the truck he was driving crashed into the flooded creek. (Photo: Lebanon Police Department) Lebanon Police Officer Joseph Bowen was found in Dry Creek after the truck he was driving crashed into the flooded creek. (Photo: Lebanon Police Department)
LEBANON, TN (WSMV) -

A Lebanon police officer who lost his life in a crash last week was laid to rest on Monday.

Family and friends held a funeral for Joseph Bowen, 28, at Fairview Church in Lebanon. He died after losing control of his truck on his way home early Thursday morning, hitting a tree and crashing into a creek in DeKalb County. 

Officers from different agencies in Wilson County, Dekalb County and others drove to attend Bowen’s funeral. News media were not allowed inside the church to cover the services. 

“I’ve noticed they’ve come from other counties in Tennessee and maybe out of the state, I don’t know, but I think it’s just wonderful the support that they’re showing the respect,” said Nancy Thompson, a Lebanon resident who stopped to watch the procession. 

Bowen served with the Lebanon Police Department for five years and was a third generation member of that department. 

“It’s just scary for them to go out and we’re thankful that they’re here to protect us,” said Charlie Thompson, a resident who stopped to watch the funeral procession with his wife.

Police Chief Mike Justice said Bowen was dedicated public servant and family man, and his brothers and sisters in blue will miss him.

Bowen was buried in Liberty, Tennessee with full police honors. He leaves behind a wife and two young children.

Memorial donations are being accepted at Wilson Bank and Trust for his children's scholarship fund.


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