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Dispatch Monthly's Gary Allen in hospice
We're very sad to report that Gary Allen, former police dispatcher, longtime editor of Dispatch Monthly magazine and its online version 911dispatch, and one of 9-1-1 Magazine’s original associate editors and contributors, has been diagnosed with a brain tumor and is currently in hospice.
“There's no easy way to put this. I was diagnosed with a brain tumor last March,” Gary wrote in an internal announcement posted at his request by the Berkeley Police Retirement Association. “It is named Glioblastoma, one of the most aggressive forms of brain tumors. Since I was diagnosed I have had surgery to remove as much of the tumor as possible, and also chemo and radiation. It hasn't been easy, but with the support from my family I've been fighting like hell.”
We asked Gary, and received approval, to share this news since many of our readers have known Gary, or known of him, and because he is such an important part of 9-1-1 Magazine and, moreso, the dispatch community as a whole.
Gary balanced a full time career as a dispatcher for the Berkeley (CA) Police Department, retiring after 20 years, with his writing career. A well-known face at the APCO, NENA, and NAED Navigator conferences, Gary assumed editorship of Dispatch Monthly from its founder Alan Burton in 1999, managing its last few years as a print magazine and then expanding it to one of the most significant online news and 9-1-1 archival resources on the World Wide Web until the announcement of its closure last April. The tape library he assembled and maintained on that site contained hundreds of tapes of 9-1-1 calls and public safety radio communications that have been invaluable to the training of dispatchers new and seasoned for many years.
Fight on Gary, and know how much your efforts have benefitted the 9-1-1 and public safety emergency communications community and been recognized and appreciated over those four decades.
- The staff of 9-1-1 Magazine
Letters of support can be sent to Gary via email