Cowan was shot by Patrick Hutchinson on February 13th, 2004 while trying to save Hutchinson’s wife Fontaine Hutchinson. Patrick Hutchinson had shot his wife in the head. When Cowan went to treat the woman Hutchinson who was barricaded in his home, opened fire hitting Cowan, another fire fighter and narrowly missing a Lexington police officer.
Hutchinson remains locked up at the Kentucky State Reformatory.
On Tuesday a wreath was place at the fallen fire fighters memorial in downtown Lexington at Phoenix Park to honor Cowan and the four other fire fighters who died over the years in the line of duty.
That memorial was erected in 1997 following the death of another fire fighter, Charles Williams II. Williams died while battling a fire that year.
Assistant Fire Chief Kristin Chilton and retired captain Jeff Garris knew Willams and Cowan. They say Williams was the station "clown," pranking the other fire fighters. Garris says he was the guy you wanted to work with because he made the shift fun.
Chilton says Cowan, the first African American woman to serve in the department, was always upbeat and smiling. They say she loved her job and helping her community.
Garris helped create the fallen fire fighter memorial. He says he’s honored to help immortalize the names of his friends and other fallen fire fighters before them.