Update: Hearing on Proposed Bladen County Bridge Naming Resolution for the Late Tar Heel Firefighter Lieutenant Allen Taken Off the Commissioner’s Agenda. Grieved mother speaks up for Fallen Firefighter. More information will be published soon.
Watch the video of the mother addressing the board of commissioners on our YouTube Channel.
The Bladen County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, January 19, 2021, at 6:30 pm to receive comments regarding a proposed bridge naming resolution to be submitted to the North Carolina Department of Transportation. The resolution would request the bridges spanning Reedy Meadow Swamp located on NC 87, north of Dublin, to be named in memory of the late Tar Heel Volunteer Firefighter, Lieutenant Ronald “Ron” P. Allen, Jr.
On September 22, 2006, Lt. Allen was killed in the line of duty. According to reports, Lt. Allen had a brush truck blocking the lane he was in while he marked fire hydrant locations. Lt. Allen placed the brush truck in the lane he was working in, with its hazard lights flashing, as a safety precaution. Lt. Allen took other safety measures that day as well. However, he pronounced dead after a vehicle hit the brush truck pinning Lt. Allen under the truck.
Volunteering his time as a Certified Firefighter was not his only role. He was a beloved son, husband, father, and dedicated community member and Corrections Officer.