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County mourns for fallen officer
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Duane Sherrill photo The procession for Officer Joseph Bowen spanned 20 minutes as it passed through Liberty on the way to the cemetery at Salem. Officers from multiple agencies were represented in the tribute.
A Lebanon police officer returning home to DeKalb County after working the night shift lost his life Thursday morning when his truck ran off Highway 70 and into rain-swollen Dry Creek near Dowelltown. The body of the officer, Joseph Bowen, 28, was recovered several hundred feet downstream from where his Chevy Silverado came to rest on its side in the middle of the fast-moving torrent, one side of the truck barely visible above the surface. Investigators believe Bowen ran off the road, just missing a guard rail that would have kept him from running into the creek, and then struck a tree before plummeting over an embankment and into the swift water.