Virginia Tech PD remembers one of their own
BLUEFIELD, W.Va. (WVVA) - UPDATE
Services for retired Lt. Gregory Kade will be on Saturday, January 22, 2022 at 1p.m. The service will be held at the Family Worship Center, located at 224 Pinewood Dr in Beckley with Pastor Luke Hodges officiating. Friends may call from 10 a.m. until service time Saturday at the church. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home.
The Virginia Tech Police Department is mourning the loss of Officer Geoffrey “Geof” Allen Jr.
Allen was a Blacksburg native and attended Giles High School where he was part of the 1991 graduating class. After graduating. Allen enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1994. Shortly after enlisting, Allen married his wife in 1995, they then moved to the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida.
Wherever Allen was, laughter was near. He was rarely seen without a cup of coffee in his hand and he made it his life mission to convert everyone he met into a coffee drinker.
He served as legal yeoman for the Blue Angels flight team and reached the rank of petty officer third class. After his time in the military, Allen was employed as a drill instructor at Rebound Camp Kenbridge, where he worked rehabilitating troubled teens. Allen then moved back to his native Giles County and began working as a dispatcher with the Virginia Tech Police Department. In 2003, after excelling in that capacity, Allen was appointed as a Virginia Tech officer where he served for 19 years.
During his time at Virginia Tech, Allen founded the Virginia Tech Student Police Academy in 2004 to provide students with insight into the law while teaching them effective crime prevention strategies.
He was also certified as a crime prevention specialist by the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services. He was the recipient of the Medal of Valor, the Virginia Tech Police Department’s highest honor; the 2009 Virginia Tech President’s Award for Excellence; and a Virginia Tech Police Department Life Saving Medal in 2014 for his bravery and quick response following a motor vehicle accident in which he was able to revive a victim of the crash.
Despite all of these honors, Allen was most proud of being part of the elite Virginia Tech Police SWAT team and thought of his team more as brothers than fellow officers. He spent his life serving and sacrificing for others in many different capacities.
If you would like to donate to The Officer Allen Memorial Fund it is set up at BB&T/TRUIST, and donations can be made at any branch. If you would like to make a donation, you do not need an account-- they can look it it up using, “Officer Allen Memorial Fund”.
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