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September 30, 2013

Last call sounds for Chief Allen

Photos and Story by LIBBY CLUETT

At about 10:55 a.m., near the end of Robin Allen’s funeral service at First Baptist Church Friday, her comrades sounded the “Last Call” – a final tone or alarm for a departed firefighter. Following the tone was retired Mineral Wells Police Department dispatcher Bernie Mitchell’s distinct voice, announcing to the congregation and community Allen’s last call.

For many who perhaps stood stoically during the beautiful service, this final recognition for the late Mineral Wells Fire Chief, who died at her home Sept. 20, was a tipping point, as so many shed tears for their friend, coworker, colleague and, for many citizens, a hero.

Afterwards, a lone bagpiper, from Southlake Fire Department, performed “Amazing Grace,” leading Allen’s honor guard and loved ones out of the church sanctuary.

The church was filled with a sea of uniform colors – from shades of blue, worn by firefighters and police, to beige, worn by deputies and troopers. There were several baseball players, symbolically in uniform, a few wearing Rams’ red-and-white and two entire rows of young men wearing green for Seward County Community College Saints’ baseball team, from Liberal, Kansas, for which Allen oldest son, Bryson, plays.

Red and white colors also filled the altar, symbolizing Allen’s love for watching and supporting her three athletic children in Mineral Wells ISD sports – in fact, one display of red and white blooms formed a massive baseball.

Meanwhile, outside, trees showed a few hints of fall colors as Allen’s procession drove her casket from the church to the Brad Cemetery, at Palo Pinto County’s western edge.

A small entourage of family, accompanied by firefighters, troopers, police and deputies drove to her private burial, following her casket, which rode high on a Mineral Wells VFD truck. According to MWVFD Capt. Jerry VanNatta, Allen’s casket rode on a truck that also carried Bazil “Pops” Wright, at his request, to his final resting place. VanNatta said this was significant because Allen was Wright’s shift leader and this was the truck he took care of and is named for him.

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