Community remembers fallen police chief on one year anniversary

Posted at 10:28 PM, Nov 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-11 14:37:26-05

Community members in Marlin held a memorial balloon release in honor of fallen police chief Darrell Allen.

Friends and family of Allen chanted "201," which was his badge number as they released balloons at the Lucille Williams Pavilion in his memory on Thursday night.

They also unveiled a bench honoring Allen that reads "A Hero Remembered Never Dies" that will be placed in City Hall.

Allen was shot while working as security for a club in Temple on Nov. 1, 2015. He died from his injuries at the hospital ten days later.

Marlin city leaders said it has not been an easy year for them.

"We all miss him," Mayor Elizabeth Nelson said. "No one will ever be able to take his place."

Nelson, Marlin Police Chief Damien Eaglin and other loved ones of Allen shared stories about him at the event.

"What Chief Allen did was unite us," Eaglin said. "That's what he always sought out to do, so it's important for us to continue to come together again and again and again and again and again to show him how much we appreciate it."

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