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Lexington Fire Department holding camp in honor of fallen firefighter

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LEXINGTON, Ky. - The Lexington Fire Department is hosting a camp for interested girls looking to pursue a career in firefighting or emergency medical services.

The Brenda Cowan Fire Camp is being held Jun. 22-23 at 1375 Old Frankfort Pike in Lexington.

Lieutenant Cowan was the city's first black female firefighter, and she was also the first black female killed in the line of duty in the fire service nationally. Cowan was responding to a domestic call where a wife was shot. When Cowan and another paramedic arrived, the husband fired his rifle from a window, hitting both of them. The other paramedic survived, Cowan did not.

"For anybody who knew Brenda and loved Brenda it was a huge blow to us in the fire service" Lexington fire captain Carrie Wilburn said.

Firefighters are looking to inspire the next generation of females by holding the camp in Cowan's honor. The free camp is for girls ages 16-19.

"It's something that a lot of young women don't think about as something they could do when they grow up," Wilburn said.

Firefighters are hoping to bolster its female interest holding this camp. You can email lfdhiring@lexingtonky.gov to sign up for the event.



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