BIRMINGHAM, Ala., (WIAT) — This event was to raise money for injured officers of Birmingham. The band, Legal Limit, were proud to be a part of the community fundraiser at WorkPlay.
Members of the law enforcement community face countless forms of danger as daily task are performed in the line of duty. Understanding that, members of the Birmingham Police Department are keeping two of their most recently injured officers in mind as they battle the effects of two of those dangerous moments. The effects of the injuries are not only physical but financial. Because of these officers’ injuries, they now face numerous challenges associated with daily living.
Birmingham Police Officer Tekulve Bowden, 39 of Birmingham, Alabama. Officer Bowden has served with the Birmingham Police Department since 2002. Officer Bowden is assigned to the Patrol Division at the East Precinct.
On Friday, November 11, 2018, Officer Bowden was dispatched to investigate a traffic accident on I-59 Southbound near the Roebuck exit. While outside his patrol vehicle investigating the accident, he was struck by a vehicle passing the accident scene. Officer Bowden sustained multiple injuries including serious injuries to his legs. Officer Bowden has undergone 13 surgical procedures. Currently Officer Bowden is in a battle to prevent amputation of one of his injured legs.
On Sunday, January 13, 2019, Officer Lucas Allums was assisting in the arrest of two vehicle burglary suspects in the 900 block of 5TH Avenue North. As Officer Allums assisted, he was seriously injured during a shooting. Sergeant Wytasha Carter was fatally wounded during the same incident. “Officer allums is doing quiet well, he has recovered from his injury and he just recently returned to work,” says Sgt. Johnny Williams.
The event ended at 10:30. Money raised will go towards medical bills for Officers Tekulve and Allums as well as an ADA accessible vehicle for Officer Tekulve.