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Fallen Asheville firefighter honored with name on memorial

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Bowen's plaque is added to the Buncombe Co. memorial. (May 31, 2014/FOX Carolina) Bowen's plaque is added to the Buncombe Co. memorial. (May 31, 2014/FOX Carolina)
ASHEVILLE, NC (FOX Carolina) -

Sgt. Jeff Bowen, an Asheville firefighter killed in a blaze at an office building in 2011, was honored Saturday as city officials placed his name on a memorial dedicated to fallen firefighters at the Buncombe County courthouse.

The 37-year-old died in July 2011 after going back into the burning building to make sure all civilians got out safely. It was determined he died of cardiac arrest due to smoke inhalation.

The fire was later determined to be set by an arsonist.

Bowen is the 19th name to be placed on the memorial outside the courthouse to firemen killed in the line of duty.

He was honored last Sunday at the Coca-Cola 600, as NASCAR driver Jamie McMurray drove his car with Bowen's name adorning it.

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