The emergency medical services world is mourning the death of Ed Gabriel, the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The New York City Office of Emergency Management confirmed the news on Twitter, as did a spokesperson for Gabriel’s office. Gabriel was an assistant chief at the FDNY EMS from 1978 until 2005.
“Ed Gabriel was a consummate professional whose contributions had a long-lasting impact on the emergency management field,” the NYC Office of Emergency Management wrote. “We remember him fondly. Our thoughts and prayers are with Ed’s family, friends, and colleagues. “
He also worked for the NYC Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management and at The Walt Disney Corporation as its director of Global Crisis Management and Business Continuity.
Colleagues and friends took to Twitter to remember Gabriel.
Funeral arrangements are pending.