By TONY EIERDAM
She was many things to many people.
She was a loving and caring mother who enjoyed most watching her kids play sports, a dedicated wife to her husband, a hard-working civil servant and a friend to many.
But to most, she was The Chief.
The Index’s 2013 Woman of the Year is the late Mineral Wells Fire Department Chief Robin Allen, who passed away unexpectedly this past September.
Robin was more than just a fire chief. She was a pioneer having been one of the first female fire chiefs in the state. She was a hero to young girls who excelled in what is commonly known as “a man’s world.”
Allen, who went to school at Mineral Wells High School and had worked in fire/EMS service here for 30 years, was more than well-respected among her peers.
City manager Lance Howerton explained what Allen meant to the community.
“I think Robin exemplifies the best of many worlds,” he said. “She was a wonderful employee, she was a public servant at heart and had a great heart for this community.
“She was a wonderful person on an individual level, she was a wonderful member of her family and she was definitely known as a person who put her family above everything else. She was essentially a good, caring person, and if you look at the overall qualities that Robin demonstrated over the years in whatever role she played, she was exemplary in all of those.
“Those are rare qualities to find. Oftentimes, someone may be a good employee or a good family member or may be good at this or
that, but looking at Robin from the entirety of who she was and what she was, she excelled in all of those areas. There are not many people that you find who do that. She was one of those people. I believe that was why she was so special to so many different people whether at work, church, school or out in the community.