(DES MOINES) This Friday, the State of Iowa will honor three officers who died in the line of duty: Stuart Police Department Chief Robert Smith, Motor Vehicle Enforcement Officer Philip J. Adams and Floyd County Deputy Levi Bowers. Each of these men died as a result of their efforts to secure Iowa communities.
The Peace Officer Memorial Ceremony will take place at 10:00 am at the Oran Pape State Office Building in Des Moines.
Stuart Chief of Police Robert Smith was called to a disturbance at an establishment in Stuart on September 20, 2009. As a result of this call, Chief Smith executed an arrest on a subject who physically resisted orders. In an attempt to escape, the suspect pushed Chief Smith to the ground at which time he struck his neck and knee on the pavement. The injuries to his neck required surgical intervention. Complications arose during the surgery, and Chief Smith was left paralyzed. He died from complications of the paralysis on August 13, 2010.
Chief Smith served the community of Stuart as the Police Chief since 2006. Prior to that, he served on the Ackley Police Department from 1994 to 2006 as Sergeant and Assistant Police Chief. Additionally, he served 23 years in the Army and Army Reserves.
Chief Smith is survived by a wife, six children and one step-child.
Iowa Motor Vehicle Enforcement Officer Philip J. Adams was conducting traffic enforcement on March 31, 1973. While attempting to flag down a semi driver, Officer Adams was struck by a car. He died as a result of his injuries.
Officer Adams served the state of Iowa for 15 years as a State Police Officer for the Department of Transportation’s Division of Motor Vehicle Enforcement.
Officer Adams left behind a wife and four children at the time of his death.
Floyd County Deputy Levi Bowers responded to a report of gunfire in the city of Rockford, Iowa on February 24, 1916. The suspect had reportedly fled to a residence after attempting to kill the local physician. When Deputy Bowers located the suspect, he shot Deputy Bowers. In the confrontation, Deputy Bowers was able to discharge his weapon, striking the suspect. Regrettably, Deputy Bowers later died of his gunshot wounds.
At the time of his death, Deputy Bowers left behind a wife and two young children.