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15 Years Later Brenda Cowan’s Sacrifice Is Not Forgotten

Posted at 5:05 PM, Feb 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-13 17:52:50-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18)– February 13 marks a day that continues to be one of mourning for the Lexington firefighter community.

The city’s first African-American female firefighter, Brenda Cowan, was shot and killed on the job while responding to a domestic violence call on this day in 2004.

Lieutenant Cowan had responded to a home on Adams Lane in southeast Lexington.

A man had shot his wife then turned the gun on firefighters and police.

Cowan was fatally wounded.

15 years later, she is still remembered as dependable and hardworking with a contagious personality.

Members of the Lexington Fire Department say they will never forget the sacrifice she made.