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Committee approves renaming street after fallen officer

A street is one step closer to being renamed to honor a fallen Lexington police officer.

Officer Bryan Durman was killed by a hit-and-run driver in April.

A city committee originally opposed renaming Hilo Street in Lexington, a decision that upset Durman's widow, Brandy.

However, the city's address committee reversed its decision Friday morning.

Pending approval by the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council, Hilo Street will be renamed Durman Drive.

A big reason committee members first turned down the request was that changing the name of the street goes against the address committee's guidelines.

The guidelines state that a street should not be renamed for a person until 20 years after their death.

However, after Lexington Mayor Jim Newberry learned of the committee's rejection, he said it would reconsider its decision during its next meeting, which was Friday morning.

27 NEWSFIRST spoke with David Lucas, a member of the address committee, and asked him what changed between the previous meeting and the one Friday.

He said at the first meeting, the committee just looked at logistics.

However, after hearing from Durman's family, Lucas says the name change makes sense.

If approved by the Council, Hilo Drive could become Durman Drive by October.

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