William Douglas BowmanClackamas County Sheriff's Department, Oregon
End of Watch: Tuesday, September 12, 2000
Reflections for Deputy Sheriff William Douglas Bowman
Bill, your funeral was the first and hardest LEO service I attended. Numerous military funerals did nothing to prepare me for CCOM call for status. Your passing was a tragedy that could have and should have been prevented. Rest In Peace.
Former Molall PD / Clackamas County SO and Marion County SO
February 12, 2016
To the Bowman family, today, we honor William for his dedicated service and devotion to duty. It was obvious he was "called" to be a deputy, first responder, dad and husband. The Oregon Legislature is proud to honor him and we pray for all of you.
Andy Olson, Ret OSP
February 9, 2016
Happy birthday Bill. I often feel you near.
Friend Mike Fletcher
December 21, 2015
You are remembered
AMR RATT Paramedic
June 13, 2015
We still miss you each and every day Bill ...
September 12, 2014
"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service
November 4, 2013
I always remember you Bill, especially on this day. I was fortunate to be able to work with Bill as a co-worker at the Clackamas Co. S.O. Bill was a great Deputy and I miss him. In addition to regular patrol Deputy duties, we both were instructing other Deputies on the use of the Report Writing system we were using at that time - so I got to work more closely with him than others. I'm still a Deputy at CCSO, closing in on 25 years there now and even though Bill left us 13 years ago today, I feel him everytime I walk into a shift roll call. September 12, 2013
Deputy Anthony Edwards
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office
September 12, 2013
Remembering you Bill on this day ... another year gone. We will forever miss your presence but feel lucky to see you in the eyes of your children.
Mom, Corie, Ed, Lauren and Grace - I am thinking of you and with you today...
September 12, 2012
Corie ,Lauren, Grace
Has it been almost 12 years ... wow .. You are in my thoughts daily Corie .. Also from TOH i remember we were trying to plan a trip to Vegas so we could all meet face to face .. I'm glad you remarried .. and I know that the girls and you still think of him daily . Tom was shot several yearsa fter Bill in training and we both to this day have anxiety issues when he has range day. and never ever take those days for granted .
If you read this , look me up on facebook .
TOH sister in blue
January 19, 2012
My heart aches for your wife and children and all you have missed in their lives.
St. Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle.
Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray,
and do thou,
O Prince of the heavenly hosts,
by the power of God,
thrust into hell Satan,
and all the evil spirits,
who prowl about the world
seeking the ruin of souls. Amen
Constable Amanda Pandolfi #1249
York Regional Police, Ontario Canada
February 18, 2011
Hard to believe 10 years have past when many of us still think this happened yesterday. Spent almost all day with you and nice to see some friendly faces hanging out too. Miss you my friend and see you again soon.
October 1, 2010
10 long years ago ... and it still feels like yesterday. We still miss your family presence each and every day. We remember you on this day, as we do every day - even though the lives around us move on.
Till we are together again,
Mom and Dac
Jo and Dacia
Mother and Sister
September 12, 2010
It has now been 10 years since Bill's death and I see and hear from him daily in the faces of his two girls, Lauren and Grace. We extend our appreciation to those left behind who must wipe away the tears and continue to risk their lives everyday. Thank you to all emergency personnel for all that you do for us. And for never forgetting those who have died doing what they loved.
September 12, 2010
Its been 10 years. I wonder what would have been different, and how your presence would have impacted others. It would be incredible to know.
You will be thought of always!!! Your loss will forever teach safety, and diligence.
God Bless your family.
J Postlewait, D1
September 12, 2010
Your heroism and service is honored today, the 9th anniversary week 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 murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.
Rest In Peace. I hold your family and loved ones in my heart's embrace. I also hold your friend Tim in thought and prayer and pray for his solace.
September 18, 2009
Deputy Bowman, you are not forgotten. God bless you and your family. I am sure the members of the Clackamas Co. SD still miss you. SSA Pierson
SSA Ellen Pierson
April 21, 2009
It has been over 8 years now ! Still, it seems like yesterday. I am barely typing this because the pain of loosing you haunts me every day/night. I will share personal moments, only because it makes me feel better, I am in total tears right now, it is hard to type. I have read many of the entry’s here, still, many did not have the "privilege" of knowing you as I did. You were my Partner on SWAT and my Best Friend in life. We were "Ying and Yang, 3D35 & 3D36" my trusted other half. I miss so much of you.....Dam, will it stop....I cry like now, so often, I miss you so much my brother. CCSO has changed so Drasitcally, all the new kids, but my mission is to keep your sprit alive there, till I die. So to you who did not know Bill, I called him Billy because it pissed him off but he let me get away with it. Bill was a tenacious friend, always there,! He madee me think, made me feel, and made me live. I have not shared this yet,... I held Bill in my arms when he was taken from us. I could do nothing. This is what I live with. His eyes were open, blood was everywhere, on me the walls, floor, and I could not save him. Blood, all over me, the look on his face, the fact I could do nothing made me rage. Bill was an EMT it was his nature to try and save life. Yet, he would have tried to save mine, yet as I held him I could do nohing for his. This scene lives within me, it is my curse. I looked in his deep brown eyes and recited our vow, yes, I remember! One year; one hundred years, does not matter, my God, I cry now like yesterday all over again, the scar that never heals. So to all of you Tatictal guys. "WORK HARD, TRAIN HARD? AND PLAY HARD" with your kids..... Until we meet again my Friend...and we will.."To Loved to be forgotten, Courage, Love, Family!!!!"I miss you !! T
January 13, 2009
RIP.You maybe gone but you will never be forgotten.
November 9, 2008
To the family and loved ones of Deputy William Bowman, his fellow officers, and most especially to Bill:
On this the eighth anniversary week of your tragic death, please know that you are honored and revered today and everyday.
From all the loving reflections left about you, I can see that you were an amazing man and what a grievous loss your loved ones have endured because of your death.
May your spirit continue to soar and your memory continue to inspire. You are loved and missed by so many.
Rest in Peace, Bill. A body is but for a lifetime, but spirits and souls are for eternity and yours is forever part of those who call you beloved.
This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the service Bill gave to his community and the citizens of Oregon, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on September 12, 2000.
Phyllis Loya, mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg Police Dept. eow 4/24/05
September 14, 2008
I just finished a training class last week and thought of you. The safety that was stressed in class was partly due to your death, even these long years later and many states away. We were checked and rechecked over and over again. Even in death you are saving lives.
Deputy M. Bilbrey
Harris Co. Constable Pct. 5
August 21, 2008
Mark and I still talk about you. We're all a little older, although not much the wiser. You're missed by many.
Hope there is peace.. We recall those early days at Legacy..
July 2, 2008
Some time has passed, but your loss is still, and always be, part of us. I mean that not in a sorrowful way, but a hopeful one. I last spoke of LT Timeus, who told me what had happened on a patrol shift 8 years ago, as we were friends / coworkers at Lake O PD. Terry is now the Chief at a large metropolitan area police department and I am now an officer in a larger department. (Still friends though!)
One thing, however, hasnt changed. Your husband, father, sibling and son has made a daily impression on all of us, be it CCSO, LOPD, WLPD, PPB and all the rest. I still go to work every day downtown with that excitement for a new day on patrol. Thank you for sharing Bill, an amazing and inspirational person in my lifetime. He will always be here with Chief Timeus and Officer Hughes, just two of thousands I am sure....
Officer Brian Hughes
Portland Police Bureau
Officer Brian Hughes
May 31, 2008
Bill it has been a long time, but I still think of you every day, Your picture hangs in the squadroom at the jail alongside the funeral program. I drive past the North Precinct and I remember how my sister had my son standing by the road as the miles long funeral procession went past.. and he stood there saluting all of us. You will never be forgotten my friend.
Deputy John Headrick
Clackamas County Sheriffs Department/ Oregon
February 1, 2008
Been awhile my friend but my heart continues to grieve. This is the first year I wasn’t able to make it to your final resting place on September 12. You know how badly I wanted to be there. 2008 and I think about you everyday and struggle every night—the pain never seems to leave. So much died that day—a tragic and senseless way to leave.
You were one of a kind and I’m still “Staying’ Alive” buddy.
Ex-and fellow SWAT Clackamas County Deputy and SWAT team member
January 25, 2008
He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.
He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.
Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.
He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.
His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.
He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.
And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.
But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.
Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.
Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.
So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.
In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.
Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.
David L. Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
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Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC
January 10, 2008
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