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Announcement of the Passing of LAFD Firefighter Glenn L. Allen

Friday, February 18, 2011 |

LAFD Firefighter Glenn L. AllenIt is with great sadness that the men and women of the Los Angeles Fire Department inform you of the in Line of Duty Death of Los Angeles Firefighter Glenn Allen.

On Wednesday February 16, 2011, at 11:19 PM ten Fire Companies, one Heavy Rescue, one USAR Unit, seven Rescue Ambulances, seven Battalion Command Teams, one Division Command Team, three EMS Battalion Captains, and one Arson Unit responded to a reported structure Fire at 1546 North Viewsite Drive in the Hollywood Hills area of Los Angeles.

While Firefighters were performing their sworn duties, a partial ceiling collapse occurred, causing injury to four Los Angeles Firefighters and two Los Angeles County Firefighters. One of the injured Los Angeles Firefighters later succumbed to his injuries at 1215 hrs on Friday, February 18, 2011 at Cedars Sinai Medical Center.

As dictated by Fire Department policy, a formal and detailed investigation is underway to determine the exact nature of the cause of injuries sustained, as well as the precise cause and manner of the Firefighters death.

The men and women of the Los Angeles Fire Department thank you for your kind words and sentiment at this time of overwhelming sorrow and immense loss.

The Allen Family and the Los Angeles Fire Department has received a tremendous outpouring of support during this difficult time. Your Firefighters wish to thank you and express our deepest appreciation for all the kind words and gestures that have been provided.

Glenn L. Allen was a Firefighter/Paramedic for over 36 years and last served at Fire Station 97. He is the 61st Los Angeles Firefighter to have died while directly involved in emergency operations during the Department's 125-year history. The Mayor of Los Angeles has ordered all City flags lowered to half-staff in Firefighter Allen's honor.

If additional information is required, please contact the Los Angeles Fire Department’s Community Liaison Office at (213) 978-3810.

Press Conference:
Captain Jaime Moore
Office: (213) 978-3824
Cell: (213) 359-9415

Captain Tina Haro
Office (213) 978-3823
Cell: (213) 359-9743

Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department


joykatleen said...

Words can't express... Just know our hearts are heavy with the pain of your loss.

Brett Loomis said...

On behalf of the men and women of the Salinas Fire Department, our heartfelt condolences go out to FF Allen's Family and our brother and sister firefighters of the LAFD. It is with pride and honor that we share a commoon bond in this great profession and this tragedy serves as an all too real reminder of the perils that we face everyday.


Brett Loomis
Battalion Chief
Salinas Fire Department
Salinas, CA

Anonymous said...

RIP FF Allen

Hamster Help 101 said...

I am so very sorry to hear of his passing. My thoughts are with you all. I have lit a candle at in his memory.

Anonymous said...

Fiefighter Allen will be greatly missed. May his memory forever remind us of the important and heroic work that the men and women of the Los Angeles Fire Deprtment engage in each day.

David Greenwald

greenus03 said...

God bless this brave firefighter. I hope this is a wakeup call to those that want to reduce LAFD funding. We need more, not less LAFD.

Mike Mauer said...

My condolences to Firefighter Allen's family and to everyone in LAFD.

fudd71 said...

Thank you to all the firefighters and their families that sacrifice every day to make our lives safer. It is appreciated. To FF Allen, his family, and fellow LAFD, my prayers are with you. From a grateful Angeleno.

April said...

As a firemens daughter, sister, cousin and niece my heart goes out to your family. It's always such a tragedy when we loose a hero, especially when his life was cut so short and was ready to retire. My God be with you. Rest in Peace.

April Arnado

Anonymous said...

As a wife of a retired firefighter, I send my deepest, hearfelt regards to the wife and family of Glenn. Such a loss causes so much sadness. I pray that you find comfort in each other and cherish the new life that is soon to come.

Anonymous said...

Thoughts and prays to his family and friends. The City of Los Angeles lost a great person today.

Anonymous said...

What a drag....he should have kept his feet on the ground

Anonymous said...

On behalf of HazTactical, INC. Our hearts go out to the dept and FF Allen's family. He will be honored forever in our profession.

Mike Bergholtz
HazTactical, INC
Houston, TX

Anonymous said...

My prayers and condolences to Glenn's family. I am so sorry for this loss. May God bless your family during this very tough time in your life. When I worked with Glenn often times we talked of his faith and his relationship with God. Glenn Had great faith, and was a great example.

-Robert Johnson-

lafde44 said...

To the Allen family and to my brothers and sisters of the LAFD, My sincerest condolences upon the passing of FFPM Glenn Allen. He was always a true professional in his duties and will be sorely missed. My prayers go to his family for comfort and solace.

Robert A. Raya
LAFD Retired

Anonymous said...

I am SO sorry to hear this. 38 years as a public servant (firefighter), soon to be retired, awaiting the birth of his first just is not fair sometimes. My heart and prayers go out to his family and friends.

Anonymous said...

RIP Brother

Anonymous said...

RIP Brother

thebigdog said...

"Greater love hath no man than this, That he who lays down his life for his friend"

Rest in peace Brother.

lisa said...

We were classmates on 7/7/74. Glenn was a good Paramedic and a good Firefighter. You will be missed.

Art Sorrentino

Anonymous said...

As a daughter & sister of LAFD firefighters, my heart goes out to the Allen family and the LAFD family.
God Bless you all.
Cindy Harrison Schlick

John W. Simpson said...

My prayers are with the family and personnel of the LAFD. I hope he meets his grandchild in passing.

John Simpson
Huntington Beach Fire Dept.

Anonymous said...

My thoughts and prayers go out to the Allen family, and the brothers and sisters of the LAFD.

FF/PM Christopher Culler Engine 42
Baltimore City Fire Department

Joel said...

On behalf of the Reedy Creek Fire Department in Lake Buena Vista, FL our hearts go out to the family, friends and firefighter brothers and sisters of Glenn Allen.

Rest in peace, brother.

Joel Edwards
Reedy Creek Emergency Services
Walt Disney World, FL

Anonymous said...

The world sheds a tear for you today, Glenn. May your family find comfort in the Lord during this time. My condolences

- Dubai

Anonymous said...

My heart a previous LAFD employee...this family is in pain. My prayers go out to all involved. :(

Rick & Kathy Denison said...

God Bless you and your family Glenn Allen.

max said...

To LAFD : It is great sadness that we write this. How very sad to lose one of your members. We grieve your loss and his families. The news reported that he was expecting his first grandchild tomorrow. We know he will be dearly missed by all who knew him. He had many years of dedicated service. It just brings home once again the great danger all firefighters put themselves in while serving the community.
God bless and be with all of you each and every day.
Mrs. Susan S. Montoya

Anonymous said...

My heartfelt condolences to the family and LAFD family. Speaking from personal experience, I know the LAFD will guide the family every step of the way. Be thankful for the memories, and don't miss an opporunity to laugh in his honor or cry in his memory.

Lyle Marvin, Capt. said...

God bless the Allen Family. Our prayers are with you.

Anonymous said...

My heartfelt condolences go out to the family at this difficult time. **Sigh**.

Anonymous said...

Our prayers go to the firefighters and family of this brave man. A hero has fallen but his efforts to aid a community and his heroism will live on. We thank you

Anonymous said...

Thank you, Mr. Allen, for your service to your community. My husband is a police officer and every day I am grateful for the men and women who have chosen to risk their lives to protect ours. Thank you. I am so sorry to your family, friends, and fellow coworkers for their loss.

paula said...

My deepest condolences to family and friends for your loss.
Dr. Paula Powers Coe

Kailapea said...

Rest in piece brother. Thank you for your service and sacrfice.

Stew said...

On behalf of the men and women of the Monterey City Fire Department, I would like to extend our sympathy to the Allen and the LAFD Families.

Glens passing is truly a tragic one after so many dedicated years of service and sacrafice to the citizens of Los Angeles.

May god bless and ease the pain of both the Allen and LAFD families, during this time of great sadness and loss.

With a heavy heart,

Stewart Roth
Division Chief
Monterey City Fire Department
Monterey, CA

Tony Mac VCFD said...

Rest easy, Brother.....

Anonymous said...

He was a geat guy - RIP
Pat Tomlin, RN

Ron Myers said...

My prayers are given for Glenn, his family, and his fellow brothers at Fire Station 97.

Glory said...

My thoughts and prayers are with the friends and family of FF Allen.

Lieutenant, Paramedic
Mt. Pleasant Fire Dept.

Kenny Miller said...

While I didn't know Glenn personally, I'm certain I worked around him over the years. I can only imagine the sadness his family is experiencing at this very difficult time. He and his family will always be in my prayers as will all who wear the uniform with pride.

Anonymous said...

A sad day for the Allen family and the extended family of the LAFD. A tragic irony: a sprinkler system designed to protect lives and property may have contributed to firefighter Allen's death. His service to the city must never be forgotten.

Anonymous said...

So sad to hear of the Loss of a brave LAFD Firefighter, In these tough enconomic times with the City of LA facing a looming defecit and debates on whehter firefighter's merit the pay they earn and how glamorous the job may seem we are reminded today of why firefighter's earn such pay because the hazards they face and how dangerous this job really is, Today I offer my condolences to the men and women of the great Los Angeles Fire Dept and to FF Allen's family.

redcup56 said...

Thoughts, prayers and condolences to FF Allen's family and friends. Thank you for 38 years of service.

Portland, OR

Anonymous said...

We were all blessed by his selfless service. I wish his family and his extended firefighter family peace and love.

Anonymous said...

Rest In Peace Brother Allen You will not be forgotten. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Your Family and Brothers at Los Angeles City Fire.

Your Brothers at Fire Station 14 Los Angeles County Fire

Frank said...

Our thoughts and prayers are with Firefighter Glenn Allen, his family and friends.God bless you my brother. Our condolences to our fellow brothers and sister of The UFLAC, L112. Frank De Clercq, San Diego City Firefighters, L145

Anonymous said...

RIP Brother.
Local 1607 - N. Las Vegas

Anonymous said...

Salute FF Allen

Laurie Eklund said...

Melanie and Becky, I am so sorry. My prayers are with you. I know he will be missed greatly.

Anonymous said...

As the sister of a fallen FF, my heart and prayers go out to the family. It's at times like this that we remember what GREAT HEROS FFs truly are.

Anonymous said...

R.I.P. Brother Allen

Anonymous said...

And it's raining tears from the sky.

Rest now FF Allen, be at peace and know that many, many citizens will honor you today and in the days ahead for your long and heroic service.

My prayers and heartfelt condolences to your family, I hope your grandchild will come to know you through your families memories and love and will be honored to call you "Grandpa."

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your braveness and your commitment to service. We will never forget you.

Brad Foote said...

From all fire and rescue teams here on Catalina Island, Rest in peace, and know our prayers are with you and your family

Anonymous said...

Thought and prayers to the department and his family. Very tragic. RIP

Anonymous said...

On behalf of the LAPD Wives, we offer our condolences to the Allen family and the entire LAFD family on the loss of FF/PM Glenn Allen. He was a true hero and we are saddened by his passing.

Jerry said...

My thoughts and prayers are with the Allen family and the LAFD

camerapilot said...

Oh god, i can offer you nothing but my thought that his love is with you every step you take. These are things that never die.
Blessed are those that give their lives to protect. Blessed are those that run toward danger while others run away.

Paul said...

We send our prayers to the Allen family, the LAFD and his friends as we all try to process the lose FF/PM Glenn Allen.

Rest in Peace Glenn

Your brothers at
Santa Barbara County Fire Department

Anonymous said...

Your brothers and sisters of the Hayward Fire Dept. offer our thoughts and prayers for your families and co-workers during this very difficult time. We honor your sacrifice.

Anonymous said...

A life time of helping people, now hopefully a F/F community and a department to step forward and do the impossible, help ease the pain of his loved ones and remember a life given and our loss.

Dennis LeGear (OFD, CA retired)

Anonymous said...

Thank you to the entire Allen family for Glenn's 36 yrs dedicated to his service as a Firefighter and Paramedic. He will always remain in my heart though I never met him. Thank you, Glenn--you will always be remembered.

Anonymous said...

Thank you to the entire Allen family for Glenn's 36 yrs dedicated to his service as a Firefighter and Paramedic. He will always remain in my heart though I never met him. Thank you, Glenn--you will always be remembered.

Anonymous said...

Thank you to the entire Allen family for Glenn's 36 yrs dedicated to his service as a Firefighter and Paramedic. He will always remain in my heart though I never met him. Thank you, Glenn--you will always be remembered.

Michele Neff Hernandez said...

What a tragic loss. My heart goes out to FF Allen's family, and to everyone at LAFD. SSLF is an organization that provides peer based grief support. This may be a helpful link to his family as they struggle to process this devastating loss.

God Bless you FF Allen.

Sarah said...

This is devastating and I am deeply saddened. My heart and prayers go out to his family and friends. He is a true Hero.

Anonymous said...

my thoughts and prayers go out to the Allen family. May the wind always be at your back and the sun shine on your faces. Glenn was a true hero. I have worked with Glenn on many occasions and i am honored to wear the same badge that he proudly displayed on his chest everyday.
I truly hope that our LA Mayor and fire dept officials realize that maybe dept. cutbacks are not the way to go. The mayor sits and directs our chief to cut the budget.... What does our Mayor know???? I hope that if any good comes out of this tradgedy, it will be that our mayor will live each day of his life knowing that he killed a fireman because of his budget cuts. My thoughts and prayers our with the Allen Family. God Bless

Anonymous said...

rip glen you will be missed steve smith ex emt

RCFD Captain (Retired) said...

Rest in Peace Brother. You gave your best. God will comfort and heal your familie's great loss. My sincere condolences to the LaFd.

Julie Gilchrist said...

This is so tragic... my heart aches. I pray for comfort and strength for the Allen family, fiends, and peers. Thank you LAFD for all you do every day... risking your lives at any given moment. You are all heroes.

Bill Butler said...

From your Brothers at the FDNY, we send you our heartfelt thoughts and prayers!

Anonymous said...

Extending our heartfelt condolence to Firefighter Allen's family and extended LAFD family. Know that the fire community all across the country grieves with you. We are all brothers and sisters in this and we hurt with you. We are honored that he was a part of "our" family.

Stan Berry
Asst. Chief
Ransom/Nevada Township FD

Ransom, Kansas

ggfire said...

RIP Brother Allen.

Gerry Gray
Redding, CA

Anonymous said...

Brother Allen, find your Peace now at Old 27's. Thank you for your service to all LAFD members, and also to firefighters worldwide. (SoCAL_Sven from Connecticut)

ggfire said...

Rest in Peace Firefighter Allen. Wishing peace and comfort to your family and your department.

Gerry Gray
Deputy Fire Chief
Redding FD

Anonymous said...

"It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat."
Teddy Roosevelt 1910

Rest in Peace & Honor Glenn


Anonymous said...

May God watch over all those affected by this tragic loss. We must also not lose sight of those who will be struggling to deal with Glenn's loss and help them cope and work through this time of grieving. Glenn, you're in a better place, and we will miss you dearly. God bless you and your family. We miss you brother.

Anonymous said...

RIP My brother, thanks to you and your family for the 38 years of dedicated service to Los Angeles and the state of california. My condolences to the family and the LAFD. I shroud my badge for you.

Fire Captain

Anonymous said...

another hero goes to a better place and will be missed by all his fellow brothers
job well done brother-

Fairfield Fire, CA said...

From the Fairfield Fire Dept, CA our thoughts and prayers go out to Glenn Allen, his family and his friends.

Tim said...

To the family of FF Glenn Allen and the LAFD My thoughts and prayers go out to you during this tough time as your mourn the loss, Another hero is keeping the streets of heaven safe today.

hayden121192 said...

As a cadet for the LAFD I have had the great honor of working along FFPM Allen on several occasions. He was one of the nicest and most dedicated guys I have had the pleasure of meeting. RIP Sir.

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shaun said...

Rest in peace Brother.

Shaun McGregor

Anonymous said...

As a sister in law of a retired LAFD Captain I know how dedicated each of them are. His grandson as he grows will hear many stories of his grandfather and will be very proud. My prayers to his family.

Will Campbell said...

It just so happens that the day after the tragedy, a morning bike ride took me past the LAFD training center in Elysian Park. Veering into the parking lot I found myself before the 9/11 memorial and praying for the firefighter's life.

I am so sad to hear he passed. The department is a collective force of many but its strength comes from individuals like Glen Allen who without fail are ready to plunge headlong into danger, to risk their lives in service of others. To heroes like him and to all emergency personnel who answer the call, who put the lives of others ahead of their own, all I can say is thank you from the bottom of my heart.

My thoughts are with his family and friends and my hopes are for the safety of all his fellow firefighters.

Anonymous said...

Prayers for the family and the men and women of the Los Angeles Fire Department. May you find comfort in this difficult time.

Your fellow firefighters from the Kern County Fire Department.

Ryan Villarino said...

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. As always your pain is ours in the loss of a brother.

Cal FIre
MVU- Valley Center

danomfd said...

RIP in brother, May the road rise to meet you. The bell has rung and it is now time for you to return to quarters. May god be with your family as you are now with him.

LT. Dan Harris
Memphis Fire Dept.

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Anonymous said...

RIP Brother.

Anonymous said...

My Thoughts and prayers go out to the Allen family and his extended LAFD family. RIP brother.

D. Bates
Las Vegas Fire & Rescue

Anonymous said...

The Box 15 club of L.A. extends it's heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of FF Allen and his LAFD family. RIP

Anonymous said...

Everyday I pray for firefighter's safety, my husband being one of them. I am ensured of his wellbeing by all the protocols and procedures the Fire Department so admirably have in place. I trust in these safety procedures and believe they will bring my husband home after every shift. It saddens me when I hear of such an accident because I know it is a true tragedy. RIP to a great hero. My thought and prayers for his family.

Anonymous said...

I am sorry for your loss, my deepest sympathy to the Allen family, his friends and co-workers.

Rick FF436 said...

Rest in Peace Brother

Peter said...

On behalf of the men and women of the Swedish Confederation of Firefighters, I would like to extend our sympathy to the Allen and the LAFD Families. Glens passing is truly a tragic one after so many dedicated years of service and sacrafice to the citizens of Los Angeles.

May god bless and ease the pain of both the Allen and LAFD families, during this time of great sadness and loss.

With a heavy heart,
Peter Bergh
Vice President
Swedish Confederation of Firefighters
Stockholm, Sweden

sasha said...

here is a man one year from retirement and he's running TOWARDS THE FIRE a true hero someone i never will know but wish i did

Anonymous said...

On behalf on Bloomfield Fire and Rescue, our condolences. God be with you.

In His Service,

Jonathan Sahagun FF/MICP
Bloomfield Fire and Rescue
Bloomfield, Nebraska

Anonymous said...

Rest in peace Brother... May God take care of your family.

Anonymous said...

From the men and women of the Alameda County Fire Fighters Association L-55, we send our most heartfelt condolences to the Allen family. God Bless all the brave men and women of the LAFD, and the Allen family.
Brother Allen, rest in peace. Job well done.

John Torres

Anonymous said...

To: Glenn Allen's Family,
Firefighters Prayer
When duty call's me, oh Lord,
Wherever Flames may rage,
Give me the strength to save some life
Whatever Be its age.

Help me embrace a little child
Before it is too late
Or save an older person from
The horror of that fate

Enable me to be alert,
and oh Lord, guide my every move,
for life is so precious,
please don't let us loose.

I want to fill my calling and
To give the best in me
To guard my every neighbor
And protect their property

And if according to thy will,
That I must give my life,
Then with thy protecting hand my Lord,
I pray thee, protect my children and my wife.


Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
God Bless,
Allen Albera (retired firefighter FS 97)

Anonymous said...

My condolences to Brother Allen's friends and family

For those of us that are in the profession might I suggest that we keep our thoughts of Brother Allen close to us and remember his sacrifice the next time we go aloft for fire suppression actions.

Anonymous said...

Well done, good and faithful servant.

Your grandson will be so proud of his grandpa. You were always an example of the best. We were so privileged to know you.

The Lord giveth, and the Lord taketh away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.

Anonymous said...

We will never forget your service and sacrifice..Rest in peace brother and my God watch over your family until you see them again.

Don Rodriguez
LAFD F.S. # 48

Anonymous said...

We will never forget your service and sacrifice..Rest in peace brother and my God watch over your family until you see them again.

Don Rodriguez
LAFD F.S. # 48

escalante blogger said...

They are the unsung hero of the decade..

Anonymous said...

Rest in peace brother. My thoughts are with your family and the men and women of Local 112 and the LAFD. Please watch over and protect us as we continue to protect the lives in the communities we serve.
Larry Goss, East Fork Fire

Anonymous said...

Our thoughts and prayers go out to LAFD and the family of Glenn Allen. You will not be forgotten.
-Culver City Fire Department

Anonymous said...

deep gratitude to glenn allen and all the brave firefighters who constantly put their lives on the line for all of us. thank you for your amazing service.

Anonymous said...

My prayers and thoughts go out to his family and friends .. So sorry for your loss

Jamie Edmonds said...

The 3000 members of the 31 IAFF Locals in San Diego County offer our most heartfelt condolences, warmest prayers of healing and peace for both the Allen and LAFD families, sincere gratitude to our Brother Glenn Allen for his many years of faithful service, and for his ultimate sacrifice.

Rest in peace, Brother. Your duties are now completed. We'll take it from here.

Jamie Edmonds, Secretary
San Diego County Council of Firefighters

Anonymous said...

On behalf of Pasadena Firefighters Local 809, our prayers go out to the family and friends of Firefighter/Paramedic Glenn L. Allen. May you Rest in Peace Brother, and to all Firefighters out there "Stay Low", be careful and God Bless.

Anonymous said...

As a part of the firefighter family, we know all too well how dangerous this work can turns on a dime....
Congratulations on a life well lived!!

Anonymous said...

This tragety should not have happened.
This strucure was built as a Hollywood film set and not a home.
It does not appear to me from viewing the videos that it was not built to code and as quick as neighbors have stated does not seem right.
Plastic fire sprinkler pipes?
The fireplace chimeney that burned straight up through and up the exterior skin shows no signs of a rated shaft enclosure.
I hope that the loss of this firefighter's life does not go un-noticed. This incident I am sure has been investigated with the utmost care by the powers to be and the findings should be disclosed to the public.
Firefighter Allen should be with his newborn grandchild, looking forward to his retired years after his service to us, the public.
John J. Heimark

Anonymous said...

This feels like a personal loss. FS 97 is around the corner from my home. When my husband needed help, Paramedic Glenn Allen came with his great co-workers to rush him to the same hospital where Glenn Allen himself would eventually pass on just five years later. He rescued my husband. How I wish I could have returned the favor for him! I like to think that some of the blood I donate regularly to Cedars Sinai Hospital may have helped sustain him, even briefly. My heart goes out to his soul, to his family, and to each of the wonderful firemen caring for all of us, day by day.

Mike said...

On behalf of your Brothers and Sisters of the City of Vista Fire Department Local 4107, we offer our most deepest condolences and prayers to the family and our Brothers and Sisters of the LAFD.

Thank You for your service.
-Vista Fire Department

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

Thank you for your service and dedication Glenn Allen. Your sacrifice will not be forgotten. Rest in peace.


Anonymous said...

Our deepest condolences go out to his family. May the angels guide him in. God bless. He and his family remain in our prayers.

R. Maloof

Anonymous said...

rest in peace glen. I'm 13 and live in pierre south dakota when i get older i would love to be like in la city fire or county fire ff/pm
i would also like to a reserve for lapd or lasd rest in peace

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