Virginia Coalition of Police
and Deputy Sheriffs
OFFICERS OF THE MONTH - NOVEMBER 2008
OFFICER JUSTIN BOWMAN
CHESAPEAKE (VA) POLICE DEPARTMENT
OFFICER BRANDON BOWMAN
VIRGINIA BEACH (VA) POLICE DEPARTMENT
Officer Justin Bowman, Chesapeake (VA) Police Department and Officer Brandon
Bowman,Virginia Beach (VA) Police Department
|WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Law Enforcement Officers
Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) has announced the selection of Officer Justin
Bowman of the Chesapeake (VA) Police Department and Officer Brandon
Bowman of the Virginia Beach (VA) Police Department, as its Officers of
the Month for November 2008.
Being police officers is just one of the many things the Bowman brothers
have in common. The twenty-five-year-old identical twins drive the same
make of car, own identical cell phones and despite being in different
towns, they live within a mile of each another. While they serve in
different law enforcement agencies, perhaps the most significant
commonality between the two young men is that at such a young age, they
are both heroes; both are lifesavers.
On September 15, 2008, Officer Brandon Bowman of the Virginia Beach
Police Department and Officer Justin Bowman of the Chesapeake Police
Department met at the border of the two cities for a quick chat. Shortly
after arriving, each received dispatch calls from their respective
departments regarding an injured person at a nearby intersection.
Activating their emergency equipment, the two officers took off in
Arriving at the scene, the officers observed two citizens, one of whom
was an off-duty nurse, tending to the unresponsive jogger. They were
getting the gentleman situated so that they could begin CPR. Thankfully,
Officer Brandon Bowman had an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) in
his cruiser which he retrieved while Officer Justin Bowman provided the
nurse with an oral mask and took over performing the chest compressions.
Everyone at the scene assumed the worse. There was no pulse — no sign of
Working in tandem, Officer Brandon Bowman applied the AED pads to the
jogger shocking the victim's heart in an attempt to restore it to its
normal rhythm. Officer Justin Bowman and the nurse resumed CPR
procedures immediately each time the AED provided the necessary shock to
the man's heart. The AED analyzed the patient's condition while CPR
continued to be administered. After what seemed like an eternity, the
jogger's breathing and pulse strengthened. The AED machine indicated
that no further shocks were necessary and by the time emergency medical
personnel arrived, the jogger was breathing on his own. The medical crew
took over, loading the man into an ambulance and rushing him to a local
The citizen "Florence Nightingale," Kathy Malley, who has 26 years of
nursing experience, described the brothers' actions as "calm, collected
and professional" and as "proficient as any medically trained
practitioner as I have ever worked with." "These two young officers
should be commended," she said.
Officer Justin Bowman commented, "What were the chances that both of us
would be 30 seconds away from where it happened, have the necessary
equipment, remain calm and put into practice what we had been taught?"
What made the rescue even more rewarding for the brothers is that they
shared that special experience with one another. One of the first people
to hear about the twins' heroic efforts was their biggest fan, one very
excited and proud mom.
Both brothers began their law enforcement careers three years ago.
Having grown up in Virginia Beach, Officer Brandon Bowman knew its
citizens and believed he could best serve in the department of the
community that he loved. Having relocated to Chesapeake, Virginia,
Officer Justin Bowman chose to the serve with the department in the city
in which he now calls home.
Located in the nation's capital, the NLEOMF is a nonprofit organization
dedicated to honoring the service and sacrifice of America's law
enforcement officers. The NLEOMF Officer of the Month Program, began in
September 1996 and recognizes federal, state and local officers who
distinguish themselves through exemplary law enforcement service and
devotion to duty.
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