FRANKLIN, GA – The Bowdon Police Department (BPD) is mourning the loss of one of their police officers.
Officer James “Jim” Porter was only 33 years old. He died on May 18 from leukemia at Emory Hospital in Atlanta, only hours after he had been diagnosed.
Officer Porter began his career with the Heard County Sheriff’s Office in September 2009 as a detention officer. When he graduated the academy, he transferred to patrol division in December 2010. He became a corporal in 2015.
In 2016 he left HCSO and went to the Bowdon Police Department in Carroll County. He began working with the West Metro Regional Drug Enforcement Office, which was reportedly his dream job.
The Carrollton Police Department said in a post on Facebook that Officer Porter was a “task force agent detached to the GBI’s WMRDEO (West Metro Regional Drug Enforcement Office) where he has spent several years working large narcotics cases in this region.”
Their Facebook post also said:
“While you weren’t employed by Carrollton Police Department, you were our co-worker and brother, nonetheless, and we will miss you immensely.
Your brothers and sisters in blue will forever remember your laugh, your smile, your wit, and your love for your job.
We are fortunate to have been able to work with you, to simply know you, and to call you our friend. Thank you for all your years of service to this community and for all the years of just being you. We love you and we miss you.”
James leaves behind his wife, Erin, along with three young children, Augustus, Elizabeth, and one-month-old Sadie.
The Heard Citizen reported that Officer Porter was known for being “a positive and jovial spirit that was rarely if ever in a bad mood.”
James’ former baseball teammate Chad Brown said:
“The real truth is Jim knew he was the man. He had to be. But he also made you believe you were the man. Because that’s what you needed. He made you believe you were special. He made everyone around him so much better.”
The Heard Citizen reported:
“While it is plain to see the impact that Porter had on his family, friends, and coworkers during his life, there are countess unnamed others that he helped throughout his law enforcement career.
“One of those people reached out to The Heard Citizen this week in an anonymous email.
‘When he busted me for drugs I was initially so angry about it — but now looking back I realize that Jim Porter saved my life that night and I am forever grateful. I am praying hard for his family.’”
Officer Porter obviously had a huge impact in his community in and out of uniform and he will be sorely missed.
OMAHA, NE – After 33 years of serving the fine state of Nebraska, Lt. Craig Loveless of the Nebraska State Patrol passed away after a lengthy battle with cancer.
On March 27th, Lt. Loveless succumbed to cancer at the age of 54-years-old.
Today we laid to rest LT Craig Loveless. He was a mentor, teacher, warrior, and friend. I was honored to lead his procession today. You will be missed and never forgotten #RIP172 @NEStatePatrol @NSP_CaptScott @NSPTroopANights pic.twitter.com/mWIMOQWliX
— NSP LT Grummert (@NSPLtGrummert) May 14, 2020
He joined the Nebraska State Patrol in 1987, starting his career within Omaha in the Patrol Division. By 1994, he saw himself transferred over to Investigative Services where he spent numerous years working within the Metro Area Fugitive Task Force.
Come 2005, after nearly 20 years in, he was then promoted to Sergeant while he was stationed at the Nebraska State Patrol Training Academy in Grand Island, serving as the Special Operations Coordinator. After nine years working at the academy, Loveless achieved the rank of Lieutenant.
Today we honor a true leader, who shepherded many troopers during his 33-year career with NSP.
Lt. Craig Loveless passed away from cancer in March. As he's laid to rest today, Troopers and dispatchers from across Nebraska salute his service.
— Nebraska State Patrol (@NEStatePatrol) May 13, 2020
For the remainder of his career after his 2014 promotion, Lt. Loveless served at the Patrol Division in Omaha. Throughout his over three-decade career, Lt. Loveless also spent 20 of those years being aligned with the Nebraska State Patrol’s SWAT team.
Colonel John Bolduc, who is the Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol, had the following to say about his colleague who recently passed:
“Craig was universally admired throughout our State Patrol family. His bravery on our SWAT Teams, his expertise in training new troopers, and his leadership in the field have left a lasting impact on the State Patrol and all who worked alongside Craig.”
Take a look at the procession for Lt. Craig Loveless from this afternoon.
The line stretched well over a mile as it traveled through Omaha.
— Nebraska State Patrol (@NEStatePatrol) May 14, 2020
The Colonel relayed the sentiment that Lt. Loveless’ dedication to the patrol and his home state has undoubtedly made their community all the safer:
“We’re all better for having worked with Craig. Without question, he’s made Nebraska a safer place through his service and the lasting effect he has had on our agency. ur hearts are with Craig’s fiancé and his children during this difficult time.”
Lt. Loveless leaves behind his fiancée, three children, two grandchildren, and his sister. His services were held on May 13th at the Lifegate Church in Omaha and was laid to rest in the Westlawn Hillcrest cemetery.
Today, NSP honored the life and service of Lt. Craig Loveless #172.
Among the many ways Lt. Loveless left his mark on NSP, his ability to impart wisdom and exceptionally train Troopers has left a lasting legacy. #RIP172 and thank you for 33 years of service to Nebraska. pic.twitter.com/9vu5BxP3ys
— Nebraska State Patrol (@NEStatePatrol) May 14, 2020
He spent his life serving his state and community and clearly left an impact on those who worked alongside with and knew him. We at Law Enforcement Today extend our prayers to the family and friends of this fallen hero.
In Belvider, Illinois on April 30, the law enforcement community lost another officer.
Deputy Scott Bowers of the Boone County Sheriff’s Office was just 37 years old. He was reportedly working from home when he suffered a heart attack.
According to a press release by the BCSO:
“It is with deep regret the Boone County Sheriff’s Office announces the sudden passing of Deputy Scott Bowers, age 37. On Thursday, April 30, 2020, Deputy Bowers suffered an apparent heart attack while working at home.
“Deputy Bowers, a 12 year veteran, spent most of his law enforcement career working as an undercover narcotic detective for the Sheriff’s Office and as a member of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Task Force.
“The members of the Boone County Sheriff’s Office offer our deepest condolences to the Bowers family. We ask that you keep the Bowers family and our law enforcement family in your thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.
“Rest easy hero, your watch has ended. We’ll hold the line from here.”
There was a large procession for Deputy Bowers following a small private ceremony.
Boone County Sheriff Dave Ernest said:
“Deputy Bowers was one of those officers that actually everybody loved. He was so loved and well respected by his peers.
“Touched a lot of people, pure quality individual. He’s truly going to be missed.
“He built quite a network of peers throughout this entire region. All of the undercover narcotics guys in the entire region are suffering. He was that good of a guy.
“I can’t say enough about Scott. I wish I had 20 more of him honestly because he was that good. He was just so dependable.”
Bowers is survived by his wife of 13 years, Melissa, and two children, Brayden and Brooklyn.
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