When they passed the long line of fire trucks, parked along West Hubbard during her funeral, crews stood by their vehicles and saluted.
Many Mineral Wells fire trucks, ambulances and police cars led the group to the edge of town, seeming to continue the ‘round-the-clock vigil they had maintained since responding to the initial dispatch one week prior.
But this symbolic vigil didn’t end at the edge of town.
When the small procession of vehicles drove west, along U.S. Highway 180 toward a hazy, quiet Metcalf Gap, other county volunteer fire departments seemingly continuing the vigil toward her final resting place by parking their fire engines at their respective intersections – Possum Kingdom East and Graford at State Highway 337, Palo Pinto at Farm-to-Market Road 4, Gordon at FM 919 and Strawn at SH 16.
Above the entrance to the cemetery, two aerial trucks – one from Weatherford and the other from Haltom City fire departments – suspended a large American flag from each apex of their fully extended ladders – another firefighters’ tradition.
Allen leaves behind her children, ages 16-19, husband Garry, and thousands whose lives intersected hers.
As First Baptist Church Pastor Nathan Buchanan said, addressing the hundreds who attended Friday morning’s service, “Robin was also committed to her line of work. She had a love for it and a dedication to it. One might even say that helping others through this fire department was a calling for Robin.
“Many have commented on how driven she was to do an excellent job. She was firm in her leadership and she knew when she spoke to you that she meant business … yet she had compassion. Compassion for her fellow firefighters and EMS personnel and a compassion for those she encountered in her line of duty,” he said, adding, “Many of you here today have benefitted from her help.”