GABRIEL, Edward John – of Bethesda, Maryland died after a short illness on January 5, 2020.
Ed was born on November 21, 1956 in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn, New York to Louise and Joseph Gabriel. With his identical twin brother and other local residents, Ed’s first foray into emergency medicine was as a founding member of the Bay Ridge Ambulance Volunteer Organization (BRAVO) in 1974. BRAVO continues to serve the communities of Bay Ridge, Fort Hamilton, and Dyker Heights, and provides free pre-hospital emergency care. From his work with BRAVO, Ed went on to obtain his paramedic license as a member of one of the first paramedic classes in New York City. He was a 26-year Paramedic veteran of New York City Fire Department’s (FDNY) Emergency Medical Service (EMS), retiring as an Assistant Chief/Division Commander. He was then assigned to New York City Office of Emergency Management (NYC OEM) as Deputy Commissioner for Planning and Preparedness, and was responsible for all preparedness and planning-related strategy, projects and initiatives. During this time, he played a critical role in both the immediate and ongoing response to the disaster on September 11 th , 2001. In 2005, he left the public sector to work as the Director of Global Crisis Management and Business Continuity for The Walt Disney Company. He was responsible for the development and implementation of global policy, planning, training and exercises to manage crisis, providing leadership and direction to east and west coast medical and emergency medical operations, The Walt Disney Studio’s fire department and also provided crisis support with global business units. In 2011, he joined the Federal Government as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response for US Health and Human Services. In this role, he served as principal advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) on all matters pertaining to and in support of the Department’s public health emergency preparedness and response and recovery activities, programs and policies. He provided strategic oversight to the organization with an emphasis on enhancing state and local preparedness, policies and plans relating to public health and medical emergencies, emergency response operations, financial analysis and advanced development of and manufacturing of critical medical countermeasures for man-made and naturally occurring public health threats. Ed has served on several National Academy of Sciences – Institute of Medicine (NAS-IOM) committees including Chair of the Standing Committee for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Health Threats, Resilience and IOM Committee on Crisis Standards of Care and The Disaster Resource Guide
Editorial Board. He served on the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), National Advisory Council (NAC). Additionally, he served on the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) – Board of Scientific Counselors for the Coordinating Office for Terrorism Preparedness and Emergency Response. He has lectured to international leaders at General George C. Marshall School of International Studies Program on Terrorism and Security Studies presenting on methodologies for crisis planning and preparedness. He continued to lecture nationally and internationally on crisis management, business continuity, emergency management, policy strategy, planning and preparedness, WMD, terrorism and emergency medical topics. He has published articles on related subjects and actively participated on a number of national terrorism and hazard preparedness and health-related committees.
Ed was credentialed, through the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) as a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM), the Disaster Recovery Institute International (DRII) as a Certified Business Continuity Professional (CBCP) and by the State of New York as a Paramedic (AEMT-P). He held a Bachelors Degree (BA) from the College of New Rochelle and a Master of Public Administration Degree (MPA) from Rutgers University. He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Patricia and daughters, Elizabeth and Victoria; his twin brother, Elias (Harriet) and nephews, Michael and Thomas and niece Loulou.
Services are as follows:
Wake to be held at McLaughlin and Sons, Inc Funeral Home 9620 3 rd Avenue, Brooklyn, New York
Thursday, January 9 th , 2020; 2 PM to 5 PM and 7 PM to 9 PM
Funeral Mass to be held at Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Cathedral 113 Remsen Street, Brooklyn, New York
Friday, January 10 th , 2020; 10 AM
Internment to follow at Calvary Cemetery
In lieu of flowers, family requests donations to be made to BRAVO or the 9/11 Fund in Ed’s name.