Letter: Brian Allman, Ashburn

Editor: As most of you know, I was the Democratic nominee for Sheriff of Loudoun County in 2015. I am a former Manassas police officer and Fairfax Police detective. I spent many hours in my police career filling in for 911 operators.

Any chance this young boy had disappeared from the incompetence of Loudoun County 911 personnel who answered the call. Listening to the 911 tape today sicken me. I pray that the parents of that young boy do not listen but I do suggest all of you listen

It was 12 minutes, 50 seconds before Loudoun units were dispatched. Unbelievable. Unacceptable. And Loudoun County personnel must be held accountable and fired.

Had I answered that 911 call, I would have beeped it on the radio to sheriff deputies as well as rescue units in the area within 30 to 45 seconds.

“All units and rescue in Lansdowne and Leesburg, report of distressed individual in the water inside River Creek. Units head that way as we determine exact location.” It’s that simple. Not 12 minutes, 50 seconds later but 30 to 45 seconds later.

While those responding units were on the way, more location information would have been obtained.

I am betting deputies would have been at the drowning scene within 3 minutes and rescue units within 5 minutes. I know brave deputies who would have jumped into the water within seconds of arriving on the scene. This young boy may have lived but Loudoun 911 operators made sure that didn’t happen. That’s the harsh reality.

Loudoun County 911 operators, on this call failed to act competently and a fine young boy paid for it with his own life. That’s totally unacceptable. Loudoun County employees must be held accountable. It’s common sense—send help. As one citizen said on the 911 call…. “Where the f&*! are you.” I was asking myself the same question! Send units now is what any 911 operator with a half of a brain would have done as citizens are on the scene fighting with everything they had to try to save this young boys life.

Loudoun County leaders must act to protect its citizens when emergency personnel fail to act properly, professionally and with competence. All of you are duty bound to do exactly that.

As a Loudoun County taxpayer, I plead with them to take quick action to demonstrate to the citizens of Loudoun that this type of incompetency will not be tolerated. Terminate the fire chief, every Loudoun County 911 dispatcher on the call and every 911 supervisor in the center who did not step in and supervise. If you fail to do so, I am fearful that another precise young kid with die too in the water. Are you willing to bet your kids life on it?

Brian Allman, Ashburn

5 thoughts on “Letter: Brian Allman, Ashburn

  • 2020-06-26 at 1:11 pm

    This is a complex issues and I haven’t heard anyone lay blame on a key culprit…the state of Maryland.

    Under a treaty that pre-dates the United States, Maryland owns the Potomac River up to the Virginia shoreline. Most boundaries go through the middle of the river, but not the Potomac. Therefore, any problem on the Potomac is Maryland’s responsibility. Virginia has sued Maryland for water rights before but Maryland defended their stand that they own the river (caveat, the Supreme Court let Virginia pull water from the river circa 2014).

    Frankly, I’m suprised this was not resolved before. Realistically, how could Maryland respond to an incident 2 feet off the Virginia shoreline. Obviously, they can’t and couldn’t.

    This is very tragic.

  • 2020-06-26 at 2:32 pm

    Note that Mr. Brian Allman is the same person who was removed from a LCDC meeting several years ago where he allegedly threatened a member of the committee.

    “On Thursday night the democratic nominee for sheriff, Brian Allman, was asked to leave the Loudoun County Democratic Committee meeting after his membership was challenged. Following the challenge he threatened a member of the committee and was then asked to leave.”

    The continued efforts to politicize this tragedy shock me. The dubious assistance of Mr. Allman seems highly questionable and his main intent seems to be to inflame and cast blame while assuring us he would have “saved the day” like Underdog.

    Mr. Allman’s baseless speculation about what he might have done is both self-serving and reprehensible. This young man drowned in the confluence of two streams. He was underwater for some time before he was located and pulled from the water. The 911 operators didn’t cause this young man’s disappearance. He slipped under the waters before the call was made. Mr. Allman should be ashamed of himself for trying to exploit this situation.

  • 2020-06-30 at 8:17 am

    Excellent point. The lack of attention to the uncooperative nature of Maryland related to interstate issues can also be seen in the abject failure of our Congressional and Senate representatives to bring federal transportation resources into the long known commutation traffic debacle of Route 15 north of Leesburg. What does it take to get our federal elected representatives to just hold up virtue signaling for one day and set up a Virginia/Maryland plus federal involvement on the boundary issues with Maryland? Do we need to suggest there might be a confederate statue in the middle of the Potomac to get their attention? 🙂

  • 2020-06-30 at 11:31 pm

    “Tell it the way it is Allman”!

    Thanks for setting the record straight! It’s too bad you were not elected Sheriff! Instead Loudoun County got “kiss butt” Chapman whose at the White House beside Trump instead of over seeing the death investigation at Goose Creek!

    Please President Trump! Give Chapman the head of the DEA job so Loudoun County can form the Loudoun County Police Department!!!!

  • 2020-07-03 at 1:27 pm

    “…so Loudoun County can form the Loudoun County Police Department!!!!”

    You mean a police department beholden to democrat politicians Rabbit? As in Minneapolis style?
    Why do democrats hate accountability by the people directly so much? Loudoun’s people owned law enforcement is too important to be left to semi-educated politicians.

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