reminder of service, sacrifice

Hilo Street renamed for fallen officer Bryan Durman

jkegley@herald-leader.comNovember 24, 2010 

The family of a fallen Lexington police officer, alongside city and police officials, unveiled a renamed street Tuesday in honor of Officer Bryan J. Durman, who died in the line of duty in April.

Durman Drive — formerly Hilo Street — runs between Goodwin Drive and Industry Road next to the Lexington Division of Police's Central Sector roll call building, where Durman reported to work.

The street's signs feature the emblem of a Lexington Division of Police shield and a red rose, the national symbol for a fallen officer. Dur-man's badge number, 46600, adorns the emblem as well.

About 100 friends and officers packed a conference room and overflowed into a hallway at Central Sector roll call, where the sign was unveiled from behind a black cloth by Durman's widow, Brandy Durman, and Mayor Jim Newberry.

Police Chief Ronnie Bastin said the sign would be a lasting reminder of Durman's service.

"Each day as officers go to work at Central Sector, they're going to drive by and see this sign. It's going to remind them of their friend, their colleague and their brother," he said.

Brandy Durman talked about the significance of the street's dedication to her family.

"I can't tell you how much it's going to mean to us to drive by that and see that he will never be forgotten," Brandy Durman said.

Bryan Durman, 27, was hit and killed by a sport utility vehicle while investigating a noise complaint on North Limestone on April 29. Glenn Doneghy, 33, is accused of hitting Durman and then fleeing. He is charged with murder.

The street renaming was suggested by 911 dispatcher Amy Ross, a friend of the Durmans.

The renaming was initially voted down by the city's addressing committee, but it was reconsidered and approved on Aug. 21 after the mayor publicly backed the move. The city council approved the renaming later that month.

The street's unveiling was delayed while the fallen officer decal was added at the Lexington Division of Police's request, said David Lucas, E911 director and head of the addressing committee.

The renaming comes at a good time, Brandy Durman said, as the family prepares to go through their first holiday season without her husband.

Bryan Durman left behind his wife and a son, Braydon, now 5, who is just learning how to read and write his last name.

"He'll feel like big stuff, coming and seeing his name on a sign," Brandy Durman said, laughing.

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