LODD: Fla. firefighter dies of heart attack just hours after completing shift

Hollywood Driver/engineer Christopher Allen had operated the department's high-water rescue truck to help people impacted by area flooding

Duty Death: Christopher Allen - [Hollywood, Florida]

End of Service: 06/06/2022


By Leila Merrill

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — A 23-year veteran of the Hollywood Fire Rescue Department died Monday of a heart attack, hours after completing a 48-hour shift in which he helped people affected by flooding in the Miami-Dade area, CBS Miami reported.

Driver/engineer Christopher Allen, 58, was “the only one able to maneuver the department's brand-new high-water rescue truck,” according to CBS Miami. He responded to many calls for reconnaissance during that long shift, according to the U.S. Fire Administration.

After getting home from the firehouse, Allen was feeling unwell around 3:30 a.m., and 911 was called. He was transported to a hospital, where he passed away.

Allen was given a firefighter funeral with honors Tuesday.

"Chris was a husband and father of two, and he played an integral role in the department and our community," the city posted on Facebook. "He will be greatly missed." 

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