The Broward Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team will receive a generous donation in memory of Lieutenant Darin Dowe who was posthumously promoted to captain. On Thursday, June 24, the Dowe Estate will present the Sheriff’s Foundation of Broward County with the single largest donation it has ever received.
Captain Dowe began his career with BSO at the age of 18 in 1988. During his 23 years of service, he held different positions: Explorer, community service aide in the DUI/BAT Unit, correctional officer, deputy, detective, sniper, SWAT Team member, sergeant and lieutenant/shift commander in District 11-Pompano Beach.
He was especially devoted to his SWAT Team members. When Captain Dowe was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2006, he refused to have the tumor removed in its entirety because it would rob him of his eyesight and the ability to continue to work alongside his fellow SWAT Team members.
After his last surgery, he became an accomplished photographer specializing in shuttle launches at NASA. Captain Dowe maintained his warrior mentality fighting cancer, and against all odds, he survived five more years. On January 27, 2012, he lost his fierce battle. He was laid to rest in his SWAT uniform. Even in death, BSO Captain Dowe is honoring his beloved BSO SWAT Team.
On Thursday, June 24, the estate of Captain Dowe will present the Sheriff’s Foundation of Broward County with $258,000, the single largest donation it has ever received. The donation will be used to benefit BSO SWAT. The event will take place in the presence of the men and women of BSO, the SWAT Team and lifelong friend and brother in green, Eddie Grant, who also honors his memory.
“Darin was a proud member of the BSO SWAT family,” Grant said. “He served the citizens of Broward County with distinction and honor. Darin always held himself to the highest of standards and demanded the same from those that he worked with. Darin was committed in life to BSO SWAT and still demonstrates that commitment in death with this generous financial gift.”