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Memorial made for Floyd County Deputy's 1916 murder


The Floyd County Sheriff's Office says it now has a permanent grave marker for Deputy Levi Bowers who was killed in the line of duty in 1916.

The marker will be placed at his gravestone at Riverside Cemetery in Rockford during a ceremony on February 24, 2013.

Floyd County Sheriff Rick Lynch said details are still being decided for the memorial service which will be held on the 97th anniversary of Deputy Bowers' death.

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

In an interview with KWWL, Lynch said he would make sure the fallen deputy was not forgotten any longer.

Lynch said the Floyd County Sheriff's Office plans on getting a plaque made and placed at a park in Rockford this spring, permitting the project gets approval from the City Council.

According to Lynch, a plaque will also be placed above the main entrance of the Sheriff's Office where a photo of its first K-9, who had to be put down in 2000, is also located.

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