Sportsmanship award honors fallen Columbia Police officer

2 years 7 months 4 days ago July 20, 2014 Jul 20, 2014 Sunday, July 20 2014 Sunday, July 20, 2014 3:54:00 PM CDT in News
By: Lee Anne Denyer, KOMU 8 Reporter
Embed Code Copied

BOONE COUNTY - A horse show brought people to the Boone County Fairgrounds Sunday afternoon, but the memory of a fallen Columbia Police officer unified them together.

Officer Molly Bowden pulled over a 23-year-old Columbia College student, Richard Evans, on January 10, 2005 for a routine traffic stop. During the stop, Evans shot Bowden three times and then ran away. Bowden was induced into a coma at University Hospital to fight off an infection, but she succumbed to her injuries February 10, 2005. She was 26 and a three year veteran of the department.

"Molly loved horses and she loved helping people, that's why she became a Columbia Police officer," Molly's father David Thomas said. Her love of horses and her longtime membership in both 4-H and FFA, sparked the decision to create the Sportsmanship Award.

Many of Bowden's friends and family attended the show Sunday. Molly participated in the annual horse show at the Boone County Fair as a young girl. Her parents award one rider with the Molly Thomas Bowden Sportsmanship Award each year. Riders submit an application explaining how he or she cares for their horse, how he or she would handle a situation with a fellow competitor and why the applicant feels he or she should receive the award. The committee then observes the applicants during the show and selects the recipient.

Mariah Murphy rode Queen of Persia at Sunday's 2014 Boone County Fair 4-H and FFA Horse Show. Murphy knows her as "Esther the Mule." She said she felt honored to recived the recognition.

"I just hope that I can live up somewhat to what Molly put into her life and her 4-H," Murphy said.

"We don't judge on fancy horses or fancy tack," Teresa Carlos, a friend of Bowden's, said of the decision making process. Carlos said she looks for riders who congratulate their competitors and are helpful throughout the day.

Columbia Police Officer John Martin also attended the show as a representative from the Columbia Police Department. Martin said he and Bowden worked together on the same squad.

"I knew Molly, my wife and her were best friends," he said. "When they asked me to do it, of course I said 'absolutely.'"

"She was just a presence," he said. "If a situation wasn't going very well, she could be a calming influence. It was part of what made her a very good officer. She was a go-getter.

Nearly 50 4-H and FFA members participated in the annual Horse Show Sunday afternoon. Sunday would have been Bowden's 36th birthday.

 

 

 

 

More News

Grid
List
BOONE COUNTY - A motorcycle crash sent one person to University Hospital Wednesday night, according to a Boone County Sherrif's... More >>
3 hours ago February 22, 2017 Feb 22, 2017 Wednesday, February 22 2017 Wednesday, February 22, 2017 7:43:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - The Boone County Cyber Crimes Task Force investigated an apartment at the Lakewood Apartment Complex Wednesday afternoon. ... More >>
3 hours ago February 22, 2017 Feb 22, 2017 Wednesday, February 22 2017 Wednesday, February 22, 2017 7:30:00 PM CST in News
BOONVILLE - The MUSTANG Drug Task Force arrested nine people and indicted a dozen more on charges related to the... More >>
4 hours ago February 22, 2017 Feb 22, 2017 Wednesday, February 22 2017 Wednesday, February 22, 2017 6:02:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - The arrest of one Columbia man accused in a terrorist plot left members of the community in shock... More >>
6 hours ago February 22, 2017 Feb 22, 2017 Wednesday, February 22 2017 Wednesday, February 22, 2017 4:39:00 PM CST in News
SALINE COUNTY - According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Carolyn Lacy, 66, from Sweet Springs, was traveling west on... More >>
6 hours ago February 22, 2017 Feb 22, 2017 Wednesday, February 22 2017 Wednesday, February 22, 2017 4:32:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - Controversial legislation aimed at restricting access to multi-user restrooms has sparked conversation across the country. The so-called bathroom... More >>
7 hours ago February 22, 2017 Feb 22, 2017 Wednesday, February 22 2017 Wednesday, February 22, 2017 3:27:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA- The Columbia Fire Department, MU Health and Boone Hospital have teamed up to offer Columbia residents the File of... More >>
7 hours ago February 22, 2017 Feb 22, 2017 Wednesday, February 22 2017 Wednesday, February 22, 2017 3:25:00 PM CST in News
FENTON, Mo. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence has told a Missouri crowd that small business is the "beating heart... More >>
7 hours ago February 22, 2017 Feb 22, 2017 Wednesday, February 22 2017 Wednesday, February 22, 2017 3:16:40 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - The national college sorority Alpha Chi Omega will now admit transgender women. The sorority posted a Facebook... More >>
7 hours ago February 22, 2017 Feb 22, 2017 Wednesday, February 22 2017 Wednesday, February 22, 2017 3:09:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - Prescription opioids are some of mid-Missouri's deadliest drugs. Local law enforcement said because these substances enter the population... More >>
8 hours ago February 22, 2017 Feb 22, 2017 Wednesday, February 22 2017 Wednesday, February 22, 2017 2:47:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA – Frustrated Missourians packed the road outside the Stoney Creek Inn Wednesday to voice their displeasure with Missouri’s 4th... More >>
8 hours ago February 22, 2017 Feb 22, 2017 Wednesday, February 22 2017 Wednesday, February 22, 2017 2:39:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - For anyone with a damaged American flag flying outside, it might be time to replace it. To avoid... More >>
8 hours ago February 22, 2017 Feb 22, 2017 Wednesday, February 22 2017 Wednesday, February 22, 2017 1:58:00 PM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri's unemployed would again face losing several weeks of jobless benefits under a bill advancing in... More >>
9 hours ago February 22, 2017 Feb 22, 2017 Wednesday, February 22 2017 Wednesday, February 22, 2017 1:39:54 PM CST in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A federal lawsuit by Michael Brown's parents over the 2014 police shooting death of their son... More >>
9 hours ago February 22, 2017 Feb 22, 2017 Wednesday, February 22 2017 Wednesday, February 22, 2017 1:35:34 PM CST in News
PARKVILLE (AP) — Park University plans to open a campus in Lenexa, Kansas, this year. The university in... More >>
9 hours ago February 22, 2017 Feb 22, 2017 Wednesday, February 22 2017 Wednesday, February 22, 2017 12:56:33 PM CST in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A federal appeals court is ordering a resentencing for a southwest Missouri restaurateur in a $5.5-million... More >>
11 hours ago February 22, 2017 Feb 22, 2017 Wednesday, February 22 2017 Wednesday, February 22, 2017 11:17:30 AM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens is shunning the state plane and instead relying on private donors and... More >>
12 hours ago February 22, 2017 Feb 22, 2017 Wednesday, February 22 2017 Wednesday, February 22, 2017 10:26:10 AM CST in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Authorities say an officer has fatally shot a man who is accused of firing at officers... More >>
13 hours ago February 22, 2017 Feb 22, 2017 Wednesday, February 22 2017 Wednesday, February 22, 2017 9:39:50 AM CST in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 57°
11pm 57°
12am 56°
1am 55°
2am 53°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

10:35p
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
11:37p
Late Night with Seth Meyers
12:37a
Last Call with Carson Daly
10:30p
The King of Queens
11:00p
Rules of Engagement
11:30p
Rules of Engagement

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
Blindspot
8:00p
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
9:00p
Chicago P.D.
7:00p
Arrow
8:00p
The 100
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld