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A dedication ceremony was held on April 19, 2022, to honor the late Lieutenant Ronald Phillip Allen for his service. At 11:00 a.m., Mr. Allen’s family, friends, and community members gathered at Tar Heel Station 57 for a dedication ceremony. Mr. Grady Hunt of the North Carolina Board of Transportation spoke on recognizing a public servant. According to Mr. Hunt, the bridge dedication was a special occasion to remember Lieutenant Allen.” It took a while for the bridge to be dedicated, but it was worth the wait for such a deserving man.

The Late Lieutenant Ron Allen

Mr. Ronald Phillip Allen Jr. was a Tar Heel Fire Department volunteer firefighter. On September 22, 2006, at the age of 36, he was killed in the line of duty while volunteering with the Tar Heel Fire Department.

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Charles Peterson, Chairman of the Bladen County Board of Commissioners, spoke at the ceremony. “Volunteering his time as a certified firefighter was not only the role he played, he was a loved son, husband, father, and correctional officer,” remarked Mr. Peterson. “We tried to honor Lieutenant Allen said Mr. Peterson has a fallen hero for several years, and it has been a long process.” There were several challenges to overcome in order to accomplish the naming of the bridge. Despite the fact that the procedure for dedicating the bridge had changed, the goal remained the same. “We were not giving up, remarked Mr. Peterson, to complete this task of our own fallen hero.

He volunteered countless hours and became a role model in the community. “Throughout his life my father always was finding a way to make his community better,” stated Allison Allen, daughter of Ronald Phillip Allen Jr. Through his volunteer work, he touched the lives of countless people throughout his life. His words of kindness were accompanied by deeds, as evidenced by his volunteer efforts and the programs he supported. “My father gave everything he had to his community, stated Allison Allen, and died doing exactly what he loved keeping his community safe and helping others.”


Cameron McGill, Bladen County Commissioner, gave the benediction for the ceremony. “For generations to come as they ride down 87, stated Mr. McGill, they will remember a hero.” The naming of the bridge will be seen by community members, tourists, and family members as a lasting tribute to that dedicated father, loving friend, and devoted volunteer to his community.

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