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Gary E. Moore

Gary E. Moore

Aug 15, 1939 - Feb 2, 2022

Gary E. Moore - Obituary


ary E. Moore, a dedicated civil servant, caring brother, uncle, and friend passed away on February 2, 2022, at the age of 82. Gary was the son of the late Daniel Edward Moore and Anna Mary Moore Grim. He was also preceded in death by his step-father, Rev. Adam E. Grim, and his brother Wesley Lind Moore. After graduating from Allegany High School in 1957, Gary served four years in the U.S. Navy. He was stationed in Newport, Rhode Island, aboard the USS Roy 0 Hale. After completing his service with the Navy, Gary worked at the Celanese Fibers Plant and then Allegany Ballistics Laboratory in Cumberland, MD, before entering the Police Academy. He spent 27 years with the Maryland State Police, retiring second in command at the rank of Lt. Colonel. During his time with the State Police, he developed and implemented the MSP Med-Evac program which became the prototype program worldwide. He commanded its aviation division for 18 years, working with the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services System (EMS) in developing and operating the statewide EMS. Gary flew the first medevac in Maryland and has received numerous awards, including three governor's citations for his role in developing the Medevac system and Maryland House of Delegates House Resolution No. 213, presented with sincere congratulations for dedication and devotion to duty and role in the development of the Maryland State Police Med-Evac Program. In 1992, he then entered service with the Office of Emergency Preparedness, where he coordinated health and medical response operations during national emergencies and disasters such as Hurricanes Andrew, Iniki, Marilyn, and Katrina; the Oklahoma City terrorist incident; the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, and the September 11, 2001 attacks. In 2001, Gary was presented the Secretary of HHS Heroism Award for leading the unprecedented health and medical response to the events of September 11, 2001, at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and the crash site in Pennsylvania. In 2002, President George W Bush presented Gary the Presidential Award thanking him for his contribution to events following September 11, 2001. In 2003, Gary accepted a position as the Director of Logistics with the Department of Homeland Security/FEMA. During his time in federal service, he managed over 70 disaster responses and special events, developed and implemented new response teams specializing in Weapons of Mass Destruction, international surgical care, and veterinary medicine. Gary was proud to be licensed to drive cars, fly planes and helicopters, captain a boat, and even fulfilled a dream by earning a license and operating a steam engine. He is survived by one sister, Rebecca A. Moore, Odenton, MD; a sister-in-law, Carol A. Moore, of Cumberland, MD, and a step-sister, Evangeline J. Vantres, of Waynesboro, PA, along with his nieces, Tricia Evix (Dan) of Cumberland, MD, and Brenda Webb of Richmond, VA, and nephews Andrew (Teri) Beyers, of Buda, Texas, and Robert (Lucia) Beyers of Gaithersburg, MD. Gary is also survived by 3 great nephews and 1 great-niece. Gary devoted his life in service to the communities he lived in and to the country he loved. In lieu of flowers, the family feels it would be a most fitting and honorable remembrance to make memorial contributions to any organization that supports first responders and/or their surviving spouses, organizations researching cures for diabetes or heart disease, the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad, or to your favorite organization or charity in his name. Please gather together with us on Saturday, April 2, 2022, from 1pm - 5pm, to share memories, smiles, stories, and laughs as we celebrate a life well-lived. "Allegany A" Room Rocky Gap Casino & Resort 16701 Lakeview Road NE Cumberland, MD 21502 While an RSVP is not necessary, it would be wonderful to know approximately how many people to expect. If it is possible, please send an RSVP to the following email address: rsvp4gmoore@gmail.com.