Lexington Division of Fire and Emergency Services
February 13, 2004
The following biography appears in the National EMS Memorial Book:
When you are working to save a life, your mind is on that human being. You want to make the pain, along with what other type of trauma that is occurring, stop. You want to save a life, so that person can live, love, and enjoy life. Never do you think that something will happen like what happened to Ms. Cowan. It is the unfair part of life, the part that isn't easy to place together. We must realize that she is an angel now, somehow that has to be enough.
Brenda D. Cowan, 40, died in the line of duty on February 13, 2004. Brenda, along with other crewmembers, arrived at the scene of a shooting. She was undergoing patient assessment when the shooter came back and shot her twice. She was removed from the scene, and taken to the hospital where she was pronounced dead.
Ms. Cowan was a 12-year member of the Lexington Division of Fire and Rescue Services. On January 12, 2004, she was promoted to Lieutenant. "Lt. Cowan was a highly skilled firefighter and Emergency Medical Technician. She was a positive person on and off the job, a real professional. Brenda was a marvelous human being," stated Assistant Chief William Swope.