Our school is named for Lt. Brenda Cowan, the first African-American female firefighter in Lexington. She was a committed member of Engine 18 for her entire 12-year career. She radiated honor and pride whenever firefighters were mentioned. From time to time‚ she would say: "I’m an ordinary person doing an extraordinary job." After her death on Feb. 13‚ 2004‚ Cowan has continued to inspire warmth‚ kindness‚ and love for all. She touched people from all walks of life in various parts of the community‚ the state‚ and the nation.