On Sunday, friends, family, and colleagues celebrated his career.
"He's earned it," said Michael Denning, the assistant fire chief and acting fire chief, said. "His family's earned it. They sacrificed a lot."
Since retiring, Bowden hasn't slowed down at all.
"We traveled, went to Disney and got that out of the way," he said. "Doing a few projects of my own that have fallen behind over the past few years."
Throughout the celebration people shared stories about Bowden and spoke about all the good he's done for the department.
"Craig had a vision of moving the department forward," Denning said. "Manpower, apparatus, he brought in close to $1.5 million in grants in his tenure as chief. Pretty amazing really when you think about it."
Bowden is just one of many in his family who have been part of the fire service.
He said both of his brothers, all of his nephews, and his son work for the department, adding that his family has over 200 years in the fire service.
Bowden said he's staying on call and says he will be available when he can.