Ronda VanNatta was Allen’s secretary for all 10 years Allen was the MWFD Chief. VanNatta, who has worked at the MWFD for 23 years, said Allen was more than just her boss.
“Robin was a hard worker and had a lot of special talents,” she said. “She did a good job as a firefighter and especially as a paramedic. She was so compassionate with people and so good at her job. It was second nature for her to do it. Robin was a great supervisor, and she was easy to work for.
“She was always understanding, but firm when she had to be. Most of the time she was a pleasure to be around, but she could also get onto to you.
“Family was the top priority to her. She told us our families came first, and with Robin her family came first as well.
“Everyone knew Robin was qualified in what she did, and nobody questioned any of her qualifications. Robin was the first woman firefighter in MWFD, and she was also one of the first women to become Chief. She paved the way for all of the other female firefighters. Robin was one of the strongest, toughest little women (Allen stood at 4-11) I had ever seen. She was tough physically, mentally and spiritually. She had all of those good characteristics.”
Allen got the most pleasure watching her children Bryson, Bethany and Braxton play sports. Allen, along with husband Garry, a DPS trooper, were fixtures over the years at the MWHS and MWJH games.
Allen was close friends with Bethany’s softball coach, David Tarver. Tarver said he began a relationship with the Allen family when her kids were in Little league baseball and softball.
Tarver said he could not agree more with the choice of Allen as Woman of the Year.