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.