Tennessee Lt. Jeff Bowman Dies Unexpectedly

Updated: 03-14-2006 11:34:38 AM

The Chattanoogan

Editor's Note: Lt. Jeff Bowman had run three calls with his station in the 24 hours prior to his returning home. This timing fits the criteria used by USFA in determinging a line-of-duty death.


A Chattanooga Fire Department lieutenant died unexpectedly at his home on Saturday.

Lt. Jeff Bowman was 42.

Bruce Garner, fire department spokesman, said, "The Chattanooga Fire Department unexpectedly lost a beloved and highly respected firefighter Saturday. Lt. Jeff Bowman passed away at his residence Saturday. He was 42, and he leaves behind a wife and two boys, ages 11 and 16.

"Family members believe Jeff died of natural causes, and are awaiting confirmation from the medical examiner's office.

"Jeff had been with the fire department for 10 years. He was a veteran with the U.S. Navy, and was well-known locally through his career as a professional boxer. Jeff was well-respected on the job as a professional firefighter, but his friends and fellow firefighters also knew him to be a very devoted father and husband."

Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Brainerd Baptist Church, 300 Brookfield Ave. Interment will follow at the Chattanooga National Cemetery with full military honors.

The family will receive friends Tuesday from 1 to 9 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Home, 7454 E. Brainerd Road.