Lexington remembers fallen firefighter nine years after death

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - It has been nine years since a Lexington firefighter lost her life, after being shot in the line of duty.

Lieutenant Brenda Cowan lost her life on February 13, 2004. She was shot while rendering aid to a Fayette County citizen who had been shot.

"I started when Brenda started," explains Battalion Chief Joe Best with the Lexington Fire Department, "so every year, when this day comes around, it's tough."

Cowan was the first African-American female on the Lexington Fire Department. She was also the first African-American female firefighter killed in the line of duty in the United States.

"She was a great employee and stood for so much. She was a motivating person to be around and truly a great friend. She is missed by many and was such an inspiration to everyone."

In memory of and in honor of Cowan, the Lexington Fire Department observed a full minute of silence at 8:00 am. They encouraged everyone in the county as well as in the area to do the same.

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