Group aims to name new Fayette Co. HS after slain firefighter


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – A Facebook group started by a retired paramedic aims to honor the life of fallen firefighter Brenda Cowan by attaching her name to the new Fayette Co. high school opening off Winchester Road in August 2017.

On February 14th, 2004, Lt. Brenda Cowan was shot to death while responding to a shooting.  Officers say a man who had shot his wife also shot Cowan, while she was attending to the victim.  Cowan was the first African-American woman in the Lexington Fire Department, and was also the first African-American woman to die in the line of duty.

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Brad Morris, who worked with Cowan, started the Facebook group that is organizing a petition to have the high school named after her.  You can find more information on the initiative by clicking here.

As of this writing, the group has just under 2,000 members, after having been created on Saturday.