Custodian who helped end Freeman shooting receives lifesaving award


FREEMAN, Wash. -A courageous custodian who's credited with helping bring the deadly Freeman High School shooting to an end last year received the Governor's Lifesaving Award Thursday at the Governor's Health and Safety Conference in Spokane.

Joe Bowen is credited with helping to de-escalate the situation, giving a resource officer enough time to move in and place the shooter under arrest. 

Ever the humble hero, Bowen asked to receive the award privately, at an earlier event, but was recognized on Thursday.

The award is given to people who perform a life saving effort while on the job.

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