T-shirt sales raise money for family

jkegley@herald-leader.comMay 4, 2010 

A Lexington clothing store owner has designed T-shirts in memory of a Lexington police officer killed in the line of duty last week. All proceeds will go to the officer's widow, Brandy Durman, and their 4-year-old son, Brayden.

Kenitha Proctor, owner of Cosmic in Fayette Mall, said she was authorized by Lexington police Monday to create a civilian version of a T-shirt honoring Bryan Durman, who died after being struck by a sports utility vehicle in a hit-and-run incident Thursday night.

Proctor initially contacted the Citizen Police Academy, of which she is a graduate, and offered to create shirts that would be limited to officers and police department staff. Those shirts featured an image of the Lexington Division of Police badge with a black band stretched across it, similar to the one officers are wearing now in Durman's honor.

Proctor said she received authorization Monday to create a civilian version of the shirt without the badge. In its place will be a design that says "In Memory of Officer Bryan Durman."

The backs of both versions of the shirt feature the same design: Durman's name surrounded by blue, and the date of death of the "fallen brother and officer."

Proctor said about 100 shirts will be available for $12 each beginning Wednesday, and more might be printed depending on demand.

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