Five-Year Anniversary Of Firefighter's Death

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Friday marks the anniversary of a Lexington firefighter's death.

February 13th, 2004, Lieutenant Brenda Cowan was fatally shot after answering a call for help. Those who served with her will never forget that day or the colleague they lost.

Captain Jeff Garris tells 27 NEWSFIRST, "We could never forget Brenda. I was one of the last people to leave the scene that night. I drove Engine 18 back to the station, and that was a long ominous drive with the crew's gear there. You had a lot of time to reflect."

The department is planning to honor Brenda Cowan and the 6 other firefighters who have given their lives in the line of duty by erecting a memorial in Phoenix Park not far from the Police Memorial.

Fund-raising for the Monument to the Fallen is going slower than expected, and all the economic worries right now surely have something to do with that.

Captain Garris says, "When we kicked this project off, who would have known that the stock market would take a dive and the economy would turn like it has."

But patience is a virtue that every firefighter learns from long hours of waiting for the next call, and Captain Garris says he knows the project will get done.

"We've been 3 years plus planning this so we're not in a big hurry. We would love to have had it built yesterday, but we understand the economic times. Our approach is that if every man, woman and child in Fayette County gave one dollar, it would add up to more than enough to pay for the memorial," he said.

People can honor Brenda Cowan by purchasing a brick with her name on it or they can simply donate by going to the fire department website, and clicking on the link that says FF Memorial.

You can also call 859-264-7822.

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