- Hollywood Fire Rescue & Beach Safety
- Age: 58
- Year of Death: 2022
Chris was 58 years old and had been with the Hollywood Fire Department since May 1999. In his time with the department, Chris started his career as a firefighter and rode Rescue for ten years. Chris also served on the Hollywood Fire Dive Rescue Team. In 2009, he was promoted to driver/engineer. In this role, Chris was assigned as one of the drivers for the department’s high water rescue vehicle.
Chris was a proud United States Army veteran, having enlisted in 1984 to 1988, and was recognized as a sharpshooter with the M16 rifle and marksman with hand grenades. He then served with the Florida Army National Guard from 1988 to 1994. Chris was a sgt E5, stock control supervisor while serving during Operation Desert Shield/Storm from 1990 to 1991. He was decorated with the Army Achievement Medal/Overseas Service Ribbon/NCO Professional Development Ribbon and was honored with the Gold Eagle Award for his service in the Armed Forces in the Persian Gulf Conflict. While attending paramedic school, Chris also served as a dispatcher with the Margate Police Department and worked a short time for the Plantation Fire Department.
Chris was a devoted and loving family man, leaving behind his wife of nearly 32 years, Dora Allen, and his children, Samantha and Christopher.
Chris loved listening to classic rock and roll and always had it playing at the fire station, while driving, and/or at home. When live music was playing, he was easy to find, tapping his foot and singing along with the song with a smile on his face. He also enjoyed cooking, diving, camping, and all types of travel. Each year he would plan the family vacation while reviewing the bucket list of places to visit for the next adventure.
Chris played an integral role in the department and our community. He was known for his love of taking care of his family, passion for cooking, his sense of humor, and dedication to the job at hand and residents of Hollywood, Florida. Chris departed on a high note, doing something he loved, serving his community. This has been a great comfort to his family and friends that miss him dearly but know that he rests in perfect hands.