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Profile: Edward F. Jacoby Jr.

Edward F. Jacoby Jr. was a participant or observer in the following events:

Rick Gibney.Rick Gibney. [Source: Air National Guard]Ed Jacoby, the director of the New York State Emergency Management Office, is flown from Montana to Albany, New York, in a flight arranged by the Montana National Guard, so he can coordinate the thousands of rescue workers involved in his state’s response to the terrorist attacks. (DeMers 10/2001 pdf file; Nagy 9/10/2002; Popular Mechanics 2/3/2005) Jacoby was one of hundreds of state emergency management officials from around the US attending the annual conference of the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA) in Big Sky, Montana, which began on September 8 and was originally scheduled to continue until September 12 (see September 8-11, 2001). (National Emergency Management Association 8/15/2001; Janofsky 9/12/2001; DeMers 10/2001 pdf file)
Jacoby One of the First to Depart Conference - He was notified that a plane had crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center while getting ready for breakfast. In response to the attacks in New York, Jacoby promptly phoned his office and New York Governor George Pataki. He also talked over the phone with Richard Sheirer, the director of New York’s Office of Emergency Management. (Nagy 9/10/2002) Jacoby was among the first to leave the NEMA conference. (Janofsky 9/12/2001) Reportedly, “[w]ithin hours” of the terrorist attacks, he was in the nearby city of Bozeman, Montana. (Nagy 9/10/2002)
Flown Home in Fighter Jet - Jacoby is then flown back to Albany in an F-16 fighter jet, piloted by Major Rick Gibney of the 119th Fighter Wing, North Dakota Air National Guard. Gibney was originally tasked with flying Joseph Allbaugh, the director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, back to Washington. But as Allbaugh has made other plans to return to the capital (see (After 11:00 a.m.) September 11, 2001), Gibney is able to fly Jacoby home instead. Gibney flies his fighter from its home station in Fargo, North Dakota, to Bozeman, to pick up Jacoby, and then flies the emergency manager to Albany. (Borgstrom 10/25/2001; Popular Mechanics 2/3/2005) Over the next few days, Jacoby will be responsible for marshaling the efforts of 22 state agencies and nearly 17,000 personnel, including 5,200 National Guardsmen and 500 state police officers. (Nagy 9/10/2002)


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