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Floyd County: Deputy's death in 1916 will not be forgotten any longer


In 1916, Floyd County Deputy Levi Bowers was shot and killed in Rockford, Iowa, by a man he was trying to arrest.

No one in the Floyd County Sheriff's Office knew about it until now.

The Sheriff's Office received a forwarded email from the national Officer Down Memorial Page requesting a patch to display in honor of fallen Floyd County Deputy Levi Bowers.

"There's times that Floyd County has been confused with other counties in Indiana and Georgia, so I thought it was just a mix-up," said Floyd County Sheriff Rick Lynch.

"I think he's been forgotten since 1916 when he was killed," said Lynch.

Old newspaper articles detailed Deputy Bowers' murder, stating a man from Rockford attempted to kill a doctor outside of a grocery store. According to the newspaper clippings, the doctor was hurt, but managed to call Deputy Bowers, and when he arrived, he was shot and died instantly.

Bowers is buried at Riverside Cemetery in Rockford.

Lynch said he doesn't know how, but the Floyd County Sheriff's Office will come up with a way to honor him now and in the years to come.

"We're going to make sure he's not forgotten any longer," said Lynch.

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