RELEASE: Gottheimer Remembers Jersey Firefighter and Labor Leader Bobby Allen on House Floor

Honors 9/11 first responder for his service and advocacy

Apr 18, 2024
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WASHINGTON, DC — Today, April 18, 2024, U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) honored and memorialized the life of Robert “Bobby” Allen, a Paterson firefighter and New Jersey labor leader, in a floor speech. 

Video of Congressman Gottheimer’s floor speech can be found here.

Bobby began his career with the Paterson Fire Department in 1992, serving as a first responder on September 11. He went on to hold several local and state labor positions, serving as President of FMBA Local 2 and Chairman of NJFMBA’s Legislative Committee for more than a decade. He was a constant advocate for firefighters, championing federal legislation like the FIRE Act, which directed federal investment toward firefighter staffing and training.

“Bobby was one of Jersey’s best — a hero who always put others first, not just as a firefighter, but also as an advocate for his brothers and sisters of labor. He recently passed away after a valiant fight against cancer,” said Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5). “Bobby will live on through the lives he saved and through the legislation he championed, which improved the lives of thousands of career firefighters and retirees. Because of his advocacy for the FIRE Act, firefighters nationwide are safer and better equipped to protect our communities.”

Gottheimer’s remarks, as prepared for delivery, can be found below. 

Madam Speaker, I rise today to honor the life and legacy of Bobby Allen. Bobby was one of Jersey’s best – a hero who put others first as a firefighter and an advocate for his brothers and sisters of labor. He recently passed away after a valiant fight against cancer.  

Bobby started his career with the Paterson Fire Department in 1992. He was among the brave first responders on September 11th. In recent years, he became a labor leader, serving as President of FMBA Local 2 and Chairman of NJFMBA’s Legislative Committee for over a decade. 

Bobby will live on through the legislation he championed, which improved the lives of thousands of career firefighters and retirees. Because of his advocacy for the FIRE Act, firefighters nationwide are safer and better equipped to protect our communities. 

As we mourn the loss of Bobby Allen, we think of his wife Marianne, his parents — retired Paterson Battalion Chief Edward Allen and Peggy, and his many other friends and family members. 

Madam Speaker, I ask my colleagues to join me in remembering Bobby Allen. 

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