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Inspector Ralph E. Bowden | United States Department of the Treasury - Customs Service, U.S. Government United States Department of the Treasury - Customs Service, U.S. Government

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Ralph E. Bowden

United States Department of the Treasury - Customs Service, U.S. Government

End of Watch: Saturday, March 19, 1932

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Age: 48

Tour: Not available

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Cause: Heart attack

Location: Texas

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Inspector Ralph E. Bowden died of heart trouble just before midnight as he and two other inspectors were chasing four liquor smugglers who were attempting to smuggle four sacks of liquor across the Rio Grande near Collingsworth addition. The inspectors saw the smugglers and started to chase them. They noticed Bowden was not acting naturally and saw him fall. He died almost immediately. They smugglers were captured and are lodged in the city jail.

Inspector Bowden was survived by his wife, Margaret, son Eugene, and daughter Mary. He was buried in the Masonic Section of Concordia Cemetery in El Paso, Texas.

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 80th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
March 19, 2012

 

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