Passing of Edward Gabriel

It is with profound sadness that I announce the passing after a brief illness of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) Deputy Assistant Secretary Edward Gabriel.  Ed was stricken suddenly after returning from New York while on leave with his family.  Despite heroic efforts and expert care, he succumbed to his illness.


Many of you knew Ed, have met him or have worked with him.  His loss is a profound lost to the profession.  He has had a long career; he has been working in ASPR for the last eight years as senior leader and was recently serving as the liaison with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.  He has also served as the Disney Company’s Director of Global Crisis Management and Business Continuity.  Ed also worked as the Deputy Commissioner for Preparedness with the New York City Office of Emergency Management.  Prior to that Ed was the Chief of Emergency Medical Services for the New York City Fire Department where he served heroically at the World Trade Center on September 11th.


Ed started his career in emergency medical services in 1974 when he joined with his brother the BRAVO Volunteer Ambulance Service in Brooklyn, NY.  At the time of his death Ed was a lifetime member.  He served in many positions with BRAVO to include Vice President of Operations.


Ed’s wake will be held at the McLaughlin and Sons Funeral Home (9620 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, NY) on Thursday, January 9th from 2-5pm and 7-9pm ET.  His funeral mass will be held on Friday, January 10th at 10am ET at the Our Lady of Lebanon Cathedral in Brooklyn Heights.  The family has requested that donations can be made in his name to the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund.


Rest in Peace Ed, we will miss you!


A special thank you to Steve Kuhr, Jeff Goldberg, Brian Kamoie and Elizabeth Koren for providing information on Ed’s passing.


Steve Detwiler, Editor

Emergency Manager’s Weekly Report

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