Poulsbo Firefighter Paramedic Bruce Lowrie awarded “Medal of Valor”

Paramedic Lowrie put his personal safety aside when he chose to accompany the Kitsap County Sheriff Office (KCSO) on the boat that would eventually confront a deranged gunman.

Lowrie is part of the small team of KCSO’s “Tactical Medics,” which is also a part of the Kitsap County regional SWAT team. These medics are dual trained as both sheriff officers and medics, though their primary role is to provide medical assistance.

On July 8, while many boaters, park attendees, and residents were out enjoying a warm summer evening, a 34-year-old mentally unstable man opened fire in Eagle Harbor. It’s estimated the man shot more than 150 rounds from his 50’ sailboat anchored off Eagle Harbor. After several hours of attempted negotiation, officers approached the boat and tossed a tear gas canister into the cabin of the sailboat. Eventually the man appeared and after several minutes, a standoff occurred and the man was shot.

Lowrie provided medical support while the patient was transported to shore where he was then transferred to Medic 21, who was staging nearby. He succumbed to his injuries about 10 minutes later.

Lowrie, along with Deputy Sheriff Chris Andrews, Deputy Sheriff Shane Hanson, Deputy Sheriff Jason Hedstrom, Deputy Sheriff Andrew Hren, Detective Eric Janson, Deputy Sheriff Greg Rice, and Sargent Wilson Sapp, also received a Medal of Valor at last night’s KCSO Awards Ceremony. The group of brave men received a standing ovation from the packed crowd at the Newlife Training and Events Center in Silverdale.

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