Family First Series: Visiting The Past
May 17, 2021
Kelli Lowe served as President of a local Police Wives group for over a decade before stepping into her current role as President of the National Police Wives Association. Along with the NPWA, Kelli works to develop better relationships between families and the departments their loved ones serve.
Sgt Charles Lowe has been in law enforcement for 21 years, and has been happily married to Kelli for 19 of those years. After graduating from college, Charles returned to his hometown of St. Louis and has been serving in the St. Louis Metropolitan PD ever since. On July 14, 2015, Charles was ambushed and shot while sitting in his car. He credits his training, equipment and strong faith in God with saving his life.
Since that day in 2015, Charles has made it his mission to educate others in his department about the importance of training and proper wearing of equipment. He also stresses the importance of officer mental health.
In the wake of his incident, Charles sought professional help from his department’s EAP (Employee Assistance Program). He also leaned heavily on private counseling and his church family, and with the help of these support systems was able to return to work not only physically but mentally healthy.
Sgt. Lowe continues to serve for the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department and maintains that “even though police work is sometimes a challenge; (I) can’t imagine doing anything else.”
For her part, Kelli has spoken nationwide about the impact of the law enforcement profession on the spouses and families of officers. She has been instrumental in organizing relief for officers and law enforcement families who were involved in the events and aftermath of the deadly incidents in Ferguson, Baton Rouge and Dallas.
The Lowes often teach together at the St. Louis Police Academy and speak together about the struggles they have gone through as a couple. As a couple they co-host a podcast, “Blueline Lifestyle,” which seeks to build a bridge between Law Enforcement and Communities by openly addressing differences and similarities in the lifestyle of Law Enforcement families and the community at large.
The Lowes also founded Project HURT to help critically injured and wounded officers with transitions back to work or into civilian life. Project HURT also educates community members on the impact critical incidents can have on law enforcement families.
Both Kelli and Charles have a strong faith in God and believe that “the couple that prays together can move mountains together.” They both consider their biggest accomplishment and blessing to be their 7-year-old son, Cj.