In Memoriam Archives 

2016

  • Jessie M. Stanger Call, who for many years played a key role in Utah's civil defense and emergency preparedness, died June 1, 2016, just a a few months shy of her hundredth birthday. In the 1960s and 1970s, she served as Assistant Director of Utah's civil defense system, organizing and coordinating its offices statewide. After her husband, Thurlow Call, passed away in 2002, she moved to Marin County, California, where she was cared for by her daughter Barbara. She is survived by her daughters, Shiley Call Waters of Chimayo, New Mexico, and Barbara Call of Ross, California; and by her son Thurlow Stephen Call of Sandy, Utah, as well as seven grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. Services were held June 8, 2016. additional details
     
  • Chief Marvin Gilbert, 75, EMA chief of operations in Union County (Ohio), passed away on Sept. 6, 2016. Marvin was a 25-year employee for Union County and served 32 years prior to that as a volunteer for the county with the Union County Civil Defense as Assistant Director for Civil Defense. He was a lifelong member of Trinity Lutheran Church, serving on various boards at the church, a member the Marysville Evening Lion’s Club, and a member of American Legion Post 79. He was also a committee member for the Marysville High School Hall of Fame, was a board member of the American Red Cross, and was a member of the Union County Republican Club, serving as Treasurer and Central District Committeeman. He wsa survued by his wife, Sharon Wasserbeck Gilbert; his son Brad Gilbert (an IAEM member); and his granddaughter, Emma Karen Gilbert. A funeral service was held at Trinity Lutheran Church on Sept. 9, 2016. additional details
     
  • Charlie V. Kelly, Sr., TEM, emergency management coordinator, City of Galveston (Texas) Office of Emergency Management, Texas City, Texas, passed away on July 30, 2016, at his home surrounded by family and friends at the age of 69. In his position as Emergency Management Coordinator for the City of Galveston, he assisted city officials in fine-tuning the city's Emergency Preparedness Operations Plan, and he worked with the mayor, city manager and numerous city staff to enhance and refine the city’s Emergency Management and Disaster Recovery Plans, as well as making the City of Galveston a NWS Storm Ready Community. Mr. Kelly was instrumental in coordinating and assisting with the evacuation of Galveston Island residents during Hurricane Ike in 2008. Many lives were saved during this time, because of his leadership and dedication to the citizens of Galveston. He was a Certified Texas Emergency Manager (TEM) and an IAEM member. In 2014, Mr. Kelly received the “Unsung Hero Award” from DRC Emergency Services for his efforts in making Galveston a resilient community. In 2015, he received the Lou Harrel “Emergency Manager of the Year” Award from the Emergency Management Association of Texas for excellence in emergency management. Visitation will be Aug. 5, 2016, 5:00-7:00 p.m. Crowder Funeral Home, 401 Texas Avenue, La Marque, Texas. A funeral service will be held on Aug. 6, 2016, 11:00 a.m., First Church of God, 2209 29th Street North, Texas City, Texas. additional details

2015

  • Kerry A. Payne, Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency, Operations Director Deputy Chief, a life-long resident of Washington, DC., passed away on Apr. 30, 2015. Kerry is survived by his daughter, Imanny; mother, A. Carol Payne; brother, Gordon K. and sister, Lisa C.; nieces, Rylan, Megan and Courtney Chesley and Jordan and Nina Payne; and nephew, Andrew Chesley. See legacy web page.
  • Veronica Anderson (65) passed away on May 21, 2015. She was Director of Emergency Management and Safety for the South Florida Water Management District, West Palm Beach, FL. She was an IAEM member. See legacy web page.
  • Eric Hahn Hambrick (52) passed away on May 30, 2015. A 20-year employee of the State of Mississippi, he worked with the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) for the past 15 years. Eric was a member of First Baptist Church, where he was active in the choir, taught Sunday School, and participated in various volunteer missions. He was an integral part of the many community theater arts associations, and a member of both the Mississippi Opera and Mississippi Chorus. His heart for service to others also was expressed through his involvement in the Make-A-Wish Foundation and The Mustard Seed. Survivors include his mother, Sara Hambrick; brother, Phil Hambrick (Suzanne); nieces, Tiffany Tripp (Brock), Malorie Hambrick and Jessica Mabry; nephew, Brandon Mabry (Morgan Gho); great-nephews and niece, Gage, Lawson, Laikyn and Kyria; and many dear friends and associates. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Jackson, P.O. Box 250, Jackson, MS 39205. View obituary.
  • Guy E. Daines (78) passed from this life peacefully on Apr. 17, 2015, at home in Tarpon Springs, Florida, surrounded by his beloved family, after bravely battling the last of many cancers. He retired as a lieutenant colonel from the U.S. Army in 1978, and began his second career as Pinellas County Director of Emergency Management, then as Director of Fire and Emergency Medical Services. He was a national leader in emergency management, passionate in all his professional undertakings, and a mentor to many in the profession. He retired from Pinellas County in 1998. In 1986, he was one of the founding fathers of the Governor's Hurricane Conference, the largest hurricane conference in the nation. After retirement, he continued as an active GHC Vice President, helping grow and shape the conference into the success it is today. Guy's lust for life, wisdom, humor, kindness and courage will be a lasting inspiration to all whose lives he touched. He is survived by his wife, Lynn Daines; son, Guy Houston Daines and his wife René; Stephanie Ebert Daines Guzman; four grandchildren, Guy Byler and Logan Daines, Evangeline and Madeline Guzman. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Suncoast Hospice at www.thehospice.org or the 17th Infantry Regiment Association, 4366 Central Ave., Western Springs, IL 60558. A celebration of Guy's life service will be announced at a later date. Interment will take place at Arlington National Cemetery. Visit hislegacy web page.
  • David Halpern (57) IAEM member who worked with Donahoo-Consulting LLC, passed away on Feb. 22, 2015, at his home in Staten Island, New York. No obituary notice was posted, but there is a legacy web page where colleagues and friends can share memories with his family.
  • David A. Griffith (62) National Program Manager for the National Hurricane Program (FEMA) and adjunct professor at The University of Maryland University College, died Jan. 2, 2015, at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, surrounded by his wife, all children, and pastor. He is survived by his wife, Debra Griffith, and his three sons, Chad Griffith, Corbin Griffith and Ethan Griffith. He also is survived by his mother, Janet Griffith; brother, Bruce Griffith; sister, Gail Presuhn; and many beloved nieces and nephews. A celebration of life service was held at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Gaithersburg, Maryland, on Jan. 10, 2015. Obituary notice in Washington Post, Jan. 6, 2015.
  • Glenn Gaines, Deputy United States Fire Administrator, U.S. Fire Administration.
  • Dick Norrod, former EM Director, McConnell Air Force Base, Wichita, Kansas.
  • James Smith, CEM, IAEM-USA Region 2 Vice President, and Emergency Management Specialist at Rutgers University.
  • Kevin Tuno, EMA Coordinator, Burlington County, New Jersey Office of Emergency Management.

Remembered at Memorial Service, IAEM 2015 Annual Conference

  • Veronica Anderson, Director of Emergency Management & Safety, South Florida Water Management District, West Palm Beach, Florida.
  • Guy E. Daines, Emergency Management Director (retired), Pinellas County (Florida) Office of Emergency Management.
  • Glenn Gaines, Deputy United States Fire Administrator, U.S. Fire Administration.
  • David A. Griffith, National Program Manager, National Hurricane Program (FEMA), and Adjunct Professor, The University of Maryland University College.
  • Eric Hahn Hambrick, Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA).
  • David Halpern, Donahoo-Consulting LLC, Staten Island, New York.
  • Dick Norrod, former EM Director, McConnell Air Force Base, Wichita, Kansas.
  • Kerry A. Payne, Operations Director and Deputy Chief, District of Columbia Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency.
  • James Smith, CEM, IAEM-USA Region 2 Vice President, and Emergency Management Specialist at Rutgers University.
  • Kevin Tuno, EMA Coordinator, Burlington County, New Jersey Office of Emergency Management.

2014

  • Chief Bill G. Walker, 69, retired, of Augusta, Kansas, passed away on Sept. 16, 2014, surrounded by family and friends. A celebration of Chief Walker's life was held on Sept. 19 at the United Methodist Church, Augusta. After a long and successful career spanning 47 years in the emergency services field, he retired in 2010 from Coffey County Fire District #1, where he had served as Fire Chief/Administrator since 2000. At the beginning of his career, he was the first to be accepted in the State of Missouri to be an EMT; he also held the position of Deputy Chief of the Medical Division in Marshall, Missouri. In 1983, Chief Walker relocated to Hutchinson, Kansas, where he was the Director of Hutchinson/Reno County Emergency Preparedness and the Director and Fire Service Coordinator covering eight fire areas. He had the distinction of being the First Certified Fire Investigator in the State of Kansas. In 1993, he became the Fire Chief in Andover, Kansas, for Butler County Fire District #1. Chief Walker was instrumental in building a new fire station, upgrading personnel from an all-volunteer to a paid department, upgrading equipment, and development of a higher level of training.
  • Ross A. Olson, KCEM, 72, passed away on Sept. 14, 2014. A memorial service was held Sept. 20 at Dwight United Methodist Church. Mr. Olson held BS and MS degrees in agricultural economics from Kansas State University, serving in the Kansas Army National Guard after college. After working in various agricultural economics and banking positions, he owned an insurance agency. Beginning In 1984, Mr. Olson served for 10 years as pastor of several United Methodist Churches in Kansas. He then became the Emergency Manager for Morris County (Kansas) until he retired in 2012. He received his KCEM certification and was an active member of the Kansas Emergency Management Association. He was survived by his wife, Cher, four children, five grandchildren, and many friends.
  • Joel Chéruet, 71, passed away on Sept. 9, 2014. As a former director of the Gatineau-Metro Police, he was considered a pioneer in emergency planning. Mr. Chéruet, an IAEM member, worked with various Québec and Canadian institutions, in the areas of police, fire, EMS and civil security, at the municipal, provincial and national level. He is survived by his wife Raymonde Longchamps, two daughters, a brother, and many other family members, friends and colleagues. Visitations will be held at LA COOPÉRATIVE FUNÉRAIRE DE L’OUTAOUAIS, 95 Cité des Jeunes, Gatineau (Hull sector), on Sept. 19 (5:00-9:00 p.m.) and on Sept. 20 (10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.). The funeral service will take place at 2:00 p.m. on Sept. 20, at St-François de Sales Church, 799 Jacques Cartier Street, Gatineau. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Shriners Hospital, Centraide, AQANU (Association québécoise pour l'avancement des Nations-Unies) or the Heart Foundation. IAEM members express their sympathy to Mr. Chéruet’s family and friends for their loss. Details are available here, including an opportunity to post online condolences.
  • James "Jimmy" Allen, KCEM, 57, passed away on Aug. 30, 2014. He was the 911 Director of Emergency Services for Sumner County, Kansas. Mr. Allen's achievements included serving as: KEMA (Kansas Emergency Management Association) representative to the State Interoperability Executive Committee; KS 911 Coordinating Council board member appointed by the governor to the Operations Subcommittee; past president of the Kansas Chapter of APCO; member of the South Central Homeland Security communications sub-committee; South Central Region Vice President on the KEMA Board; member of the Sumner County Incident Dispatch Team; and member of the Hutchinson Community College Advisory Board (dispatch program). Mr. Allen earned state certifications, including IMT (Incident Management Team, COML (Communications Leader), COMT (Communication Technician), and KCEM (Kansas Certified Emergency Manager). He was a volunteer with the Mulvane Fire Department.
  • Julian B. King, 84, passed away on Aug. 12, 2014, at his home in Palm Coast, Florida. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he served in the U.S. Navy for 19 years, retiring in 1973 with the rank of Lieutenant Commander. He was a veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars. After leaving the Navy, he worked for 13 years as Deputy Director of Baltimore County Civil Defense in Maryland, moving to Florida in 1988. Mr. King joined IAEM (then NCCEM) in 1974, and upon retirement in 1988, he became a Life member of IAEM. He received the NCCEM Annual Executive Citation Award in November 1987. IAEM members express their sympathy to Mr. King’s family and friends for their loss. Details are available here.
  • Tom C. Miller, AEM, 63, succumbed to pancreatic cancer on Aug. 10, 2014. He was a member of the New Orleans Dept. of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Auxiliary Team, where he served as Communications Commander. During his 14 years at the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans, he worked for the Dept. of Emergency Management, where he served as the Assistant Emergency Manager, and for the Facility Maintenance Department, where he worked as an electrician supervisor. Tom stood the watch Hurricane Katrina at the City I-10 pumping station, where he stayed for four weeks, ensuring the drainage operations and logistical support would continue. He was an Associate Emergency Manager certified through IAEM. Tom was survived by his wife, Pam, and one daughter. His friends and colleagues are asked to send their condolences to the Sewerage and Water Board’s Dept. of Emergency Management, 625 St. Joseph St., Room 117, New Orleans, Louisiana 70165, attention: Jason Higginbotham.
  • Michael J. Penner, 67, passed away on July 6, 2014. A former IAEM member, Mr. Penner served the Lawrence (Kansas) Fire Department from 1974 to 1988. He served the Olathe (Kansas) Fire Department from 1988 to 2000, when he retired as Battalion Chief. He later worked for FEMA from 2008 to 2011. Mr. Penner was executive director of the Class of 1965 Fox Theatre Renovation Project in Newton, and was a marathon runner, skier, bird enthusiast, artist, writer, and published poet.
  • Vinny Bocchino, CEM, 29, of Columbia, S.C., passed away on Apr. 27, 2014. He received his bachelor’s degree in public relations at Florida State University and his master’s degree in higher education administration at the University of South Carolina (USC). He was Emergency Management Coordinator with the USC Division of Law Enforcement and Safety. Mr. Bocchino was a member of IAEM and a Certified Emergency Manager, and IAEM expresses sympathy to his family and friends for their loss. A memorial Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m., Apr. 30, 2014, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church. The family will receive friends at the church following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Vinny Bocchino Memorial Fund, c/o USC Division of Law Enforcement and Safety, 1501 Senate Street, Columbia, SC 29208. Details are available here.
  • Dr. Rick Ihde, 65, of Russellville, Ark., passed away on Mar. 1, 2014, at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock. He was born Feb. 20, 1949, in Redding, Calif. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees from Arkansas Tech University, and his doctorate from Nova Southeastern University in Miami, Fla. He was a professor of emergency management at Arkansas Tech University. Previously, he was employed for 22 years by the state, in conjunction with ANO in nuclear planning and response. Dr. Ihde was a member of IAEM, and IAEM expresses sympathy to his family and friends for their loss. Details are available here.

Remembered at the Memorial Service, IAEM 2014 Annual Conference

  • James “Jimmy” Allen, KCEM, 911 Director of Emergency Services, Sumner County, Kansas.
  • Vinny Bocchino, CEM, Emergency Manager, University of South Carolina.
  • Joel Chéruet, Former Director, Gatineau-Métro Police.
  • Ken Crawford, President (1988), National Weather Association.
  • Dr. Stephen L. Guillot, Jr., CEM, Former Director, National Center for Emergency Preparedness, Vanderbilt University Medical School, Nashville, Tennessee.
  • Sol Hirsch, Former Executive Director (1981-1992), National Weather Association.
  • Dr. Rick Ihde, Professor of Emergency Management, Arkansas Tech University.
  • Julian B. King, Deputy Director (Retired), Baltimore County (Maryland) Civil Defense.
  • Thomas C. Miller, AEM, Communications Commander, New Orleans (Louisiana) Dept. of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Auxiliary Team.
  • Ross A. Olson, KCEM, Director (Retired), Morris County (Kansas) Emergency Management.
  • Bill Packard, Assistant Director of Community Preparedness, Johnson County (Kansas) Emergency Management.
  • Michael J. Penner, Battalion Chief (Retired), Olathe (Kansas) Fire Department.
  • Liz Quoetone, President (2012), National Weather Association.
  • Jimmy Read, 911 Director, Sumner County (Kansas) Emergency Services.
  • John Shay, Past President, Illinois Emergency Services Management Association, Director (Retired), McHenry County (IL) Emergency Services & Disaster Agency.
  • O. Mitchell Smeykal, father of CEM® Commissioner Ty Davisson.
  • Randy Wagoner, Disability Integration Specialist, FEMA Office of Disability Integration and Coordination.
  • Bill Walker, Fire Chief (Retired), Coffey County (Kansas) Fire District #1.

2013

  • Dr. Stephen L. Guillot Jr., CEM, 50, passed away on Dec. 21, 2013, in the company of his wife of 25 years, Sheri, and his family. A Mass of Christian burial was held at St. Genevieve Catholic Church, with a later memorial service held at St. Phillip Catholic Church in Franklin, Tenn., where he resided. Dr. Guillot received a master of science degree in emergency management at Jacksonville State University, a master of science degree in disaster medicine at the University of Eastern Piedmont, Novara, Italy, and a doctor of philosophy from the University of South Wales. In 2002, he became the director of the National Center for Emergency Preparedness at Vanderbilt University Medical School, Nashville, Tenn., where he also was an assistant professor, and he additionally held an adjunct faculty position at the Institute for Emergency Preparedness at Jacksonville State University. He previously served at Louisiana State University in several roles, starting as hazardous materials coordinator; later moving to assistant director of both the hazardous materials programs and municipal programs at the Fire and Emergency Training Institute; director of the Academy of Counter-Terrorist Education and Training; and director of the National Center for Bio-Medical Research and Training. Dr. Guillot was a member of IAEM and a Certified Emergency Manager, and IAEM members express their condolences to his family and friends for their loss. Details are available here.
     
  • Bill Packard passed away on Nov. 25, 2013. He was Assistant Director of Community Preparedness, Johnson County (Kansas) Emergency Management, and – in the words of a colleague, Dan Robeson, CEM, EM Coordinator, Johnson County Emergency Management – Mr. Packard was a fine emergency manager who is greatly missed.

Remembered at the Memorial Service, IAEM 2013 Annual Conference:

  • Jade Anthony, Washington, DC, USA
  • Bryan Armstrong, Salina, KS, USA
  • Vinny Bocchino, CEM, SC, USA
  • Steven Boyer, PA, USA
  • Tim Campbell, Frazer, PA, USA
  • Stan Crigger, VA, USA
  • Gary Davis, AL, USA
  • Stephen L. Guillot, Jr., PhD, CEM, USA
  • David Holm, CEM, Centennial, CO, USA
  • Dr. Rick Ihde, Russellville, AR, USA
  • Chris Jackson, KY, USA
  • Jennings Johnson, KY, USA
  • Joe Koch, KS, USA
  • Tim McKiernan, Pocahontas, IA, USA
  • William Niven, NC, USA
  • Bill Packard, KS, USA
  • Kenny Shaw, Dallas, TX, USA
  • Lennie Shepperson, Danville, KY, USA
  • Randy Wade, KY, USA
  • Roland Webb, Delta, BC, Canada
  • Paul Wilson, KY, USA