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.
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.