Firefighting has played a big role in Brian Lawrence’s life. His father was a firefighter and he grew up around the firehouse outside Decatur, Illinois. His fascination with firefighting followed him through his teen years, through college and into his current role as an engineer with the Asheville Fire Department. Lawrence’s keen interest in history complements […]
After months of intensive internal investigations, the Asheville Fire Department has released the 522-page final report on the July 28, 2011, incident and the death of Capt. Jeff Bowen.
The inaugural Carolina Brotherhood ride ended at the Biltmore Stage at Bele Chere to the sound of drums and bagpipes. A t-shirt belonging to the late Capt. Jeff Bowen was carried in a place of honor throughout the ride. Photo by Bill Rhodes
Thirty firefighters — including 10 from Asheville — are riding from Wilmington, N.C., to Asheville to raise money for fallen firefighters’ families. (Pictured: Firefighters on the road near Wilmington. Photo by Cal Barnard)
Almost a year has passed since the still-unsolved fire that claimed the life of Capt Jeff Bowen. Xpress spent a few hours with the men and women of the Asheville Fire Department as they work through their grief, anger and loss — and focus on the future.