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Gary Allen Wraps Up Dispatch Monthly Magazine

Author: Randall D. Larson, Editor, 9-1-1 Magazine

Date: 2015-04-03
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After 39 years in public safety communications, 20 of them working a 9-1-1 calltaking and radio dispatch console years in the San Francisco Bay Area, not to mention his extra-curricular and post-retirement passion for editing Dispatch Monthly magazine, Gary Allen has finally hung up his computer keyboard.  In a Dispatch Monthly editorial on March 27, Gary admitted he is now really retiring.  While Dispatch Monthly and its wealth of 9-1-1 related news, historical facts, and vast library of online training materials will remain extant for “a while,” Gary won’t be adding new material to the site.  Eventually it, sadly, may be retired as well.

“My eternal thanks to Alan Burton for sharing so much information and inspiration, and for his confidence in my abilities, both for dispatching and writing,” Gary wrote.  “He is still my hero.”  (And mine, I must add.  In addition to publishing Dispatch Monthly since 1989, Alan was also my predecessor at 9-1-1 Magazine as well as my mentor in the public safety communications magazine business, even as Gary was then my associate editor for many years once I’d taken over for Alan, who retired to take on a lively 9-1-1 and emergency radio consulting practice.  In like manner, Alan turned over editing and publishing of Dispatch Monthly to Gary in 1999.) 

Gary, for so long a voice of encouragement and reason even while sharing 9-1-1 news stories of the good, bad, and ugly variety for the education and edification of all in his cybernetic pages, shared one final bit of encouragement to the public safety dispatchers who’ve been influenced by the 16-years’ of Dispatch Monthly he’s been responsible for.  “For those continuing along in the profession, be proud of what you do,” he wrote. “The best 9-1-1 calls I’ve ever heard are the ones that made the personal connection. Use your name and the “I” word. Recognize your potential impact on each and every person you contact, either at the front counter or on the telephone or radio. Don’t try to save the entire world. Just do one good thing for one person during each shift. It makes an impact.”

An earnest salute to you, Gary, and thanks for your many years of service to all of us.

Read Gary’s final editorial here

- People, Places & Things/9-1-1magazine.com 4/3/15)

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