Retired Richland Police Sergeant Chris Vowels has died after a long battle with an illness according to the Richland PD Facebook page. They included this message:

"It is with heavy heart that we want to let you know that retired RPD Sergeant Chris Vowels passed away last evening after a long battle with a life threatening illness. Chris was a wonderful husband, person, father, friend, and one of the best cops RPD has known. He had a true servant heart and will be dearly missed by all who knew him. Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers. RPD will continue to honor Chris' memory in all that we say and do. - Chief Chris Skinner"

RIP.