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Apr 29, 2013 12:57 PM

Governor Signs Bryan Durman Act Into Law

On the three-year anniversary since Lexington Police officer Bryan Durman was killed by a hit and run driver, the Governor signed Senate Bill 15, the Bryan Durman Act, into law in Lexington. The law is named after a man who his family says was passionate about his job.

"It's something he loved, and I don't think we could have talked him into doing something else. He just had a servant's heart, and that's what he wanted to do," says Michelle Wiesman, Bryan's sister.

To a thunderous applause, Governor Steve Beshear, seated next to Durman's widow, Brandy Durman, and their young son Braden, signed the "Bryan Durman Act" into law. Beshear credited Brandy's perserverance and commitment in getting to this point. The law sets a higher parole threshold for crimes that result in the line-of-duty death of a police officer or firefighter.

"It is an amazing feeling to see all our hard work culminate in that moment...and we can sleep a little easier knowing that these police and fire and corrections officers that protect us everyday have a little bit of protection as well," says Brandy Durman.

Senate Bill 15 states someone convicted of manslaughter of a police officer or firefighter who is clearly identified will have to serve 85% of their sentence before being eligible for parole. If the peace officer is not clearly identified, the convict must serve 50% of their time before being eligible for parole. Those changes were negotiated in House Committee.

Now a man who protected the law, has a law that will protect those like him.

"It's really cool for him to know there's Daddy's laws out there that's going to protect police and firefighters," says Brandy Durman.

Bryan Durman is the 18th in Fayette County to lose his life in the line of duty.

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