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Fallen NC firefighter to be honored by NASCAR during Coca-Cola 600

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CONCORD, NC (WBTV) -

A group committed to honoring firefighters who have died in the line of duty made a special announcement today at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
 
The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation exists to "honor and remember America's fallen fire heroes and to provide resources to assist their survivors in rebuilding their lives."
 
Today the foundation announced that it plans to put the name of fallen Asheville Fire Captain Jeffrey Bowen on the No. 1 Chevrolet driven by Jamie McMurray in the Coca Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

"Well, I think it's so special because he paid the ultimate sacrifice," McMurray told WBTV. "NASCAR does a really good job, I think, of telling these great stories helping put good memories and good times in people that have had a tough past."

 The car is owned by Chip Ganassi and Felix Sabates and is sponsored by Liftmaster.  Captain Bowen's name will appear above the right side door.

"For you to honor him in this way he's up there looking at this going why am I not here?" Bowen's mother said.  "You know, he loved this, so we were both, we've always been big NASCAR fans so for you to honor him in this manner is an honor for me to be here and partake in all of this."

In recent years the foundation has also acknowledged the service related deaths of local firefighters, including Justin Monroe and Vic Isler who died fighting a mill fire in Salisbury in 2008, and Harrisburg firefighter Josh Early.

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