We mourn the passing of a fallen hero, City of Los Angeles Firefighter III/Paramedic Glenn L. Allen, and hold his treasured memory and family in our prayers.
A city was filled with sadness. This morning’s funeral procession was filled with firefighters, family, friends and dignitaries, and was lined by fire trucks representing more than 100 public safety agencies from across the nation.
What followed was a very moving memorial service.
A veteran of more than 36 years with the Los Angeles Fire Department, Firefighter Allen last served at Fire Station 97, and was less than a year from retirement when he lost his life while battling a blaze on Friday, February 18. He was the 61st Firefighter during the 125-year history of the Department to make the ultimate sacrifice while directly involved in emergency operations. Firefighter Allen exemplified the finest, bravest qualities of personal integrity, professional dedication and public service. He was revered as a good natured, soft-spoken gentleman who gladly mentored younger firefighters and befriended countless fellow Angelenos in the course of his daily duties and his life.
Allen is survived by his wife, Melanie; his daughter, Rebecca McPhee; his mother; his brother; his sister; and his grandson, born a day after the tragic fire.
We owe an awesome debt of gratitude to all our public safety personnel who put their lives on the line to protect the people of Los Angeles.
Please, join in remembering and honoring Firefighter III/Paramedic Glenn L. Allen.