Ribbon cutting for new school named in honor of slain firefighter

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – On Wednesday, some students in Lexington will go back to school at the city’s newest and largest elementary school.

There was a ribbon cutting on Monday to officially open the new school’s doors.

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The school is named after Brenda Cowan, a beloved, history making Lexington firefighter who was killed in the line of duty in 2004.

Cowan started working for the fire department in 1992 and was the first African-American woman hired and promoted to lieutenant in department history.

A month after her promotion, she was gunned down while responding to a domestic violence call.

“Brenda was the type of person you would want your child to spend time with and more importantly she was the type of person you’d want your child to be like,” said Kristen Chilton, Lexington’s Fire Chief.

Brenda Cowan’s name is on the front of the building and when you go inside you can see pictures, her medallion, and her uniform.

“She really had a care for people and it showed you know even in her job it showed,” said her brother, former U.K. basketball player Fred Cowan.

On Wednesday, when hundreds of kids and staff arrive at the school, they’ll be reminded daily of the legacy Brenda Cowan left behind.