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.