On Friday, our community lost a good friend.
Robin Allen, to some our fire Chief and to me a good friend, suddenly passed Friday night.
Robin was a lot of things to a lot of different people. To the town, she was a long-serving civil servant who rose through the ranks to become fire chief in 2004.
Robin overcame two very big obstacles to achieve that title. First, she was a woman, and in 2004 was one of just a handful of female fire chiefs across the state. Another obstacle was her height as she stood maybe 5-2.
The fact that she was a small woman excelling in what used to be considered a “man’s world” of firefighting was quite an achievement, and to make chief on top of that made her the type of hero that little girls could look up to and say “I want to do what she does when I grow up.”
To others, she was a dedicated mother of three children who loved watching her talented kids perform on the fields and courts of Mineral Wells High School.
To me, she was not only the mom of three kids I cover for the Index, but someone who turned out to be a close friend, along with her husband Garry.
Robin’s favorite thing in the entire world to do was watch Braxton, Bethany and Bryson perform in their various sports.
There was hardly a time I covered sports when Robin wasn’t there with a glow on her face in anticipation of the game ahead.
Robin always had that “glow” and she was in her element when settling down either in her lawn chair at softball and baseball games or in the stands at the MWHS gym.
Robin was always upbeat and positive, and I never walked away after a conversation with her with nothing less than a smile on my face.