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DOT to review naming policy after firefighter snub

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ASHEVILLE, NC (AP) -- North Carolina transportation officials say they will review the agency's policy on naming state owned bridges after a Board of Transportation committee refused to name a bridge in Asheville after a firefighter who died while fighting a blaze.

DOT spokesman Jeff Vaden told the Citizen-Times of Asheville that the agency's current policy prevents naming bridges and roads for firefighters or other emergency personnel. The DOT does allow them to be named for police officers killed while on duty. Vaden says the DOT has heard many complaints about the policy.

Officials in Asheville want to name the Smoky Park Bridge for city fire Capt. Jeff Bowen, who died during a blaze at a medical building last July. Authorities ruled the fire arson, but no arrests have been made.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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