Panel votes to name bridge for NC firefighter

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ASHEVILLE, N.C. — A state Board of Transportation committee has voted unanimously to rename a bridge for a fallen Asheville firefighter.

The Asheville Citizen Times reported that the committee decided Wednesday to name the Smoky Park Bridge for Capt. Jeff Bowen, who died while fighting a fire in an office building in July.

The committee had decided earlier not to name the bridge after Bowen but reconsidered after thousands of people signed an online petition supporting a naming effort by the Asheville Fire Fighters Association.

The state Board of Transportation was slated to take up the issue later Thursday. A board spokesman said the committee would also plan to reconsider its practice of not naming bridges or roads after city or county employees because local governments can honor those workers.

Credit: The Associated Press.

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