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Hero Down: El Monte Police Department Chief Ben Lowry Succumbs To Medical Issue

El Monte, CA – El Monte Police Department (EMPD) Chief Ben Lowry died on Monday after battling unspecified medical issues, according to his department.

The 45-year-old police chief’s exact cause of death was not immediately released.

The City of El Monte announced Chief Lowry’s death in a press release on Monday.

“The City of El Monte and the El Monto Police Department are deeply saddened to announce [the] passing of El Monte Police Chief Ben Lowry today, October 24,” the city said. “Lowry passed away due to health issues.”

Chief Lowry’s law enforcement career began in 2000, when he joined the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department (LASD).

He was hired by the EMPD two years later, and began serving as interim police chief in December of 2021.

Chief Lowery was officially appointed as the department’s leader this past June.

He served in multiple roles within the EMPD during his 20-year career, to include working in the administrative services division, field services division, patrol, traffic, community relations, school resource officer program, detective’s bureau, records bureau, and the gang and narcotics unit, according to his department.

Chief Lowery also earned two associates degrees, a bachelor’s degree, and a master’s degree while serving his community, and had recently graduated from the 14-month California P.O.S.T. Command College program.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Lowry family during this difficult time,” EMPD Acting Chief Jake Fisher said in the press release. “We are all at a loss and mourning a great leader, man, husband, son, friend, and colleague.”

“Chief Lowry’s dedication and commitment to the Department and the residents of El Monte will never be forgotten,” Chief Fisher continued. “Throughout his tenure, he showed his love for the City of El Monte, leading with compassion and unity. I am grateful to have known and served with Chief Lowry for many years.”

Chief Lowry leaves behind his wife and four children under the age of 18, according to a fundraising campaign established to help his family in the wake of their loss.

Donors have contributed more than $8,200 to the fund so far.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families El Monte Police Department Chief Ben Lowry, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin

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