Inspector Ralph E. Bowden

Inspector Ralph E. Bowden

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

End of Watch Saturday, March 19, 1932

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Ralph E. Bowden

Inspector Ralph Bowden suffered a fatal heart attack 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, El Paso, Texas.

The inspectors saw the smugglers and started to chase them. They noticed Inspector Bowden was not acting naturally and saw him fall. He died almost immediately. The smugglers were captured and lodged in the city jail.

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


  • Age 48
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack
  • Location Texas

alcohol violation, foot pursuit, smuggling

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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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