'Memorial Highway Sign' for fallen Deputy Bill Bowman unveiled in Salem; video available

News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office

Posted: May 5th, 2016 8:50 AM


Photos and video:

Deputy Bill BowmanIn a special ceremony in Salem on Tuesday, May 3, ODOT and the Oregon Law Enforcement Memorial Trust unveiled a Memorial Highway Sign for Clackamas County Deputy Bill Bowman. Deputy Bowman died at age 36 during a training accident at Camp Rilea on Sept. 12, 2000.

A photo of the memorial highway sign is attached. The sign will be posted by ODOT at a location to be determined.

Video of the sign-unveiling ceremony (.m4v format) can be downloaded from this Dropbox link.

The sign-presentation ceremony was held at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) in Salem on Tuesday, May 4, in the Hall of Heroes, as part of a larger Law Enforcement Memorial observance that included a "Survivor's Luncheon" for family members. Among those in attendance during the presentation were Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts and members of Deputy Bowman's family, including his mother Billie Jo Bowman, widow Corrie Bowman-Gosse and daughters Lauren Bowman and Grace Bowman.

Photos from the day are attached to this release.

Deputy Bowman is also honored with a memorial bench at the Sheriff's Office North Station and a Marine Unit patrol boat christened in his memory. A photo of the boat is linked above.


The remembrance will continue this week at the annual Clackamas Law Enforcement Memorial service -- set for Wednesday May 11 at 1 p.m. at the Sheriff's Office Brooks Building (9101 SE Sunnybrook Blvd., Clackamas, OR 97015). Attendees will honor fallen law enforcement officers and their survivors for all agencies in Clackamas County. The ceremony will be followed by a groundbreaking and ribbon-cutting for the Law Enforcement Memorial Plaza, which is scheduled to be completed at the Brooks Building this fall.

Artist's renderings of the planned Memorial Plaza are linked above.

Media outlets can contact PIO Sgt. Brian Jensen if they'd like to cover the May 11 ceremony.


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Sergeant Brian Jensen
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office