By LIBBY CLUETT
The City of Mineral Wells, firefighting community, family, friends and many more are mourning the loss of Mineral Wells Fire Chief Robin Allen.
It seems those who saw her at Thursday night’s bonfire and Friday’s homecoming pep rally were shocked when they heard the news of her death – for many this came after Friday night’s football game.
Mineral Wells Volunteer Fire Department First Assistant Chief Lynn Reasoner said he did not know the details but noted that Allen had been dealing with health issues for a while. He added that she seemed to be doing well and “was expecting to come back to work in a few weeks.”
Allen, 50, had served the City of Mineral Wells as fire chief since 2004, but City Manager Lance Howerton noted, “She had been a paid staff since 1983, so she had been with us for 30 years.”
Allen’s sister, DeeAnn Deal, said the 1981 Mineral Wells High School graduate, started as a volunteer in local emergency medical services before she was hired on.
Howerton called Allen a “pioneer, being a female in the fire/EMS service [30 years ago] and as one of few female fire chiefs in Texas.”
“Robin contributed on a lot of different levels – professionally and on a personal level,” said Howerton. “She was very good at what she did and was very dedicated and gave to this community – and basically gave a lifetime of service.”
“Her family has been a big part of this community,” he added. “Everyone who knew Robin liked her. It will be a very difficult thing to move forward without her both as the city organization, our fire and EMS department, as well as the entire community.”
Howerton said the community had a “unique situation” and benefitted from Allen serving in the city’s fire and EMS department and her husband, Garry, serving as a Texas Department of Public Safety senior trooper.