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Police Officer James Arland Rowland, Jr. | Palmer Police Department, Alaska Palmer Police Department, Alaska

Police Officer

James Arland Rowland, Jr.

Palmer Police Department, Alaska

End of Watch: Saturday, May 15, 1999

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 30

Tour: 9 years

Badge # 9G-15

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Shot and wounded; Arrested

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Police Officer James Rowland was shot and killed while checking on a person who was slumped over the wheel of a pickup truck.

During the check a struggle ensued and shots were fired. Officer Rowland was struck and fatally wounded, but was able to return fire and wound the suspect. A paramedic who was riding along with Officer Rowland witnessed the incident and called for assistance. Officer Rowland was the only officer on duty at the time of incident.

Officer Rowland had served with the Palmer Police Department for three years and had served as a canine handler in the United States Navy for 6 years. He is survived by his wife and 5-year-old son.

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Dear Jim, ├Čt's been 17 years. I can say the pain of losing someone of your character and jovial zest for life has eased somewhat. But I still have that little video that plays over and over in my mind of that night. I am so glad that there is a website like this that keeps the memory of you and every other LEO who sacrificed their indispensable lives. I am so proud that I am able to call you a friend. You were an Officer that was willing to help each time a medic called for a bit of muscle or help in diffusing a potentially dangerous situation. You have so many friends that miss your laughter and ability to make a day brighter and easier to get through. Keep your watch over the department. The world is getting more dangerous for every LEO. People are more aggressive and the dislike of Officers on the road has only grown. Bless you my friend and bless your family.

Chief, Ret. Ulla Stice
MSB-DES Palmer Ambulance
May 27, 2016

 

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