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We mourn the loss of Firefighter Glenn L. Allen

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We mourn the loss of Firefighter Glenn L. Allen

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Glenn L. Allen, LAFDGlenn L. Allen, a firefighter with the City of Los Angeles, died today following injuries sustained while fighting a structure fire in the Hollywood Hills on Wednesday, February 16, 2011. Firefighter Allen had 36 years of service with the department, the last 17 at Fire Station 97.

Firefighter Allen was involved in interior fire attack with several other companies when the ceiling of the structure collapsed under the weight of a broken fire sprinkler line (tentative assessment) that filled the attic area with water. Fellow firefighters used circular saws and other tools to effect an extrication of FF Allen, who was non responsive and in full cardiac arrest when removed from the occupancy. LAFD Paramedics were successful in restoring vitals and rushed the gravely injured firefighter to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. After a two-day battle, firefighter Allen died with his family at his bedside.

At a news conference conduced this afternoon at Fire Station 3, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa expressed the sadness felt across the city. "Today, I join all Angelenos in mourning the loss of firefighter Glenn Allen, a fearlessly committed firefighter who dedicated ... years of his life to protecting the people of Los Angeles," he said.

"Glenn was a valiant hero whose selfless sacrifice will forever be honored. This tragedy serves as a somber, yet powerful reminder that the brave men and women of the Los Angeles Fire Department put their lives on the line each and every day to keep us safe from harm. My thoughts and prayers are with the family of firefighter Allen and his extended family of firefighters at LAFD."

Fire Chief Millage Peaks, who spent considerable time at the hospital and with Allen's family, was visibly moved, saying, "his daughter was at his side when he died. She is expecting her first child in just a few days."

In addition to the Fire Chief's message, the LAFD expressed gratitude at the support received from the public, saying, "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."

The last LAFD firefighter to be killed in the line of duty was 35-year-old Brent Lovrien, a 10-year department veteran, in March 2008.

A funeral is tentatively scheduled for Friday, February 25th. For additional details, please visit the LAFD website at:


I am dedicating "OUR" event of the 23rd of February & a moment of silence to "OUR" fallen hero Firefighter Glenn L. Allen RIP May God Bless ALL "OUR" friends & loved one's at this MOST difficult time! My deepest condolences to the Allen family & those Glenn's short LIFE on Earth had touched! My deepest condolences: Respectfully: David Harrison Levi

February 20th, 2011 // By David Harrison Levi

Just read about the tragic loss of Ff Glenn Allen while looking at the LAFD website, I am a serving firefighter attached to the Technical Rescue Unit in South Yorkshire UK. From a brother Firefighter please extend mine and my families condolance to his family.

February 20th, 2011 // By Pete Watts

Im so tired of us( firefighters) dying!!! Please Take care of his family! We all are a family of people who go beyond that edge ! This Brother took a step further.God Bless you my Fire Bro.

February 20th, 2011 // By Steve Kelly (DCFD)ret

A fallen hero is a borderless crime (canada or US). You all put your lives at risk everyday to ensure the safety of your fellow man! My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of fallen hero Glenn Allen. He will now watch silently over you and his precious new grandson.

February 25th, 2011 // By Shari Rogers

I am very interested in the results of the homicide report. I am in the architectural field and just the videos aired makes me quite suspicious and hope proper action is taken. I am sure these ivestigations take time but have heard nothing.

July 20th, 2011 // By John Heimark

When I first started walking around the city sometimes a fire truck horn would honk and it would surprise and delight me. When I would turn to look and see who honked the horn it was Glenn. He'd be smiling and waving and it made me feel so good. He shared his good energy with me and it always made my day. I miss him.

February 21st, 2015 // By Kevin

I do a lot of walking around the city of LA. Sometimes as the fire trucks would pass someone would blast that horn for me like a salute and I would turn my attention to the truck and see Glenn and he would be smiling and waving. It was exciting, energizing and it always made my day to see his smiling face not to mention all the other guys on the rig. I sure miss him and it's so hard to believe he's gone. He lives on in my heart and I'm glad I had a chance to share. One

February 21st, 2015 // By

I'd be out walking around the town and I'd see the fire rig going down the road and I give all the crew a big wave and Glenn would blast the horn! It was startled me and I would sort of jump and he would smile and wave to me. This became a bit of a habit and something I came to enjoy about being out in Los Angeles. Then one day it stopped. And I heard the terrible news and cried. I'll always miss and remember firefighter Glenn l. Allen

February 21st, 2015 // By Kevin

Glenn was a sweet, quite High School. Throughout the years he was remembered by all that had the opportunity to know him. My condolences to his family for their tremendous loss. The good Lord has taken another hero home.

June 13th, 2015 // By Micci Van Dolah Lindberg

Glenn was a sweet, quite High School. Throughout the years he was remembered by all that had the opportunity to know him. My condolences to his family for their tremendous loss. The good Lord has taken another hero home.

June 13th, 2015 // By Micci Van Dolah Lindberg

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