Marking 16 years since Lexington firefighter's death

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Thursday marks 16 years since Lexington firefighter Brenda Cowan was killed in the line of duty.

She was the city's first African-American female firefighter and Lexington's first black firefighter to reach the rank of lieutenant.

Cowan was shot in 2004 while responding to a domestic violence call.

Years later, Cowan's legacy is still alive.

Brenda Cowan Elementary School opened its doors in Aug. 2019.

Firefighters read to students at the school on Thursday and a new Brenda Cowan banner was unveiled at the school.

"You know they know the stories," Lt. Gavin McMenama, Lexington Fire Dept. "They're taught a little bit about the background of Brenda both as a firefighter and as a person."

The fire fepartment also recently launched a camp in Cowan's memory.

In a special proclamation, Mayor Linda Gorton named February 13, 2020 Brenda Cowan Legacy Day.



 
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