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Robert Donald Bloom

Robert Donald Bloom

July 18th, 1959 - July 20th, 2020

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Robert D. Bloom, 61, of Alexandria, Virginia, died on Monday, July 20, 2020. Like many trailblazers, he lived a life that represented a passion and enthusiasm for evolving Public Safety Innovation.


Robert Bloom was known professionally as "Bob", serving the Public Safety Community for almost 30 years. He was kind, intelligent, humorous, hardworking, patient, and loving, and, most of all, valued honesty, justice, and integrity.


Robert Bloom was born in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, on July 18, 1959, to Donald George Bloom, and Vera Lavelle Bowman of Montoursville, Pennsylvania.


Graduated from Williamsport area Jersey Shore High School in 1977 and completed two years at the Williamsport Area Community College, now Penn State University. Years later, he attended the Jacksonville State University, majored in Emergency Management (Bachelor of Science, 2006-2010), and the University of Maryland University College (UMUC), and majored in Computer & Information Systems Security/Information Assurance (Bachelor of Science, 2011-2015).


In 1997, Bob moved to Baltimore and worked as a Police Emergency Dispatcher with the Baltimore City Police Department, and then became the Public Safety Communications Analyst for Baltimore City Fire. He worked various jobs, impacting the Public Safety Industry from all facets to include working as a Trainer for Integraph, Software Specialist for Motorola, and a Public Safety Systems Administrator for AECOM. In 2014, he joined the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) and in February 2016 became the Public Safety Systems Administrator for the City of Alexandria Department of Emergency & Customer Communications (DECC).


Bob was undoubtedly a visionary in Public Safety Communications, notably for his recent works in deploying Alexandria's 911 & 311 "Remote Calltakers & Dispatchers" to take calls from home during the pandemic.


He was an avid learner of technology, especially when it came to 911. He had an unparalleled dedication and knowledge for Public Safety that lead him to become an active member of the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) and the National Emergency Number Association (NENA). He has been recognized for many awards and certifications to include APCO's Certified Public Safety Executive Program, Registered Public-Safety Leader, and NENA's Emergency Number Professional.


Bob was an instrumental leader in overseeing many successful APCO projects, most recently chairing APCO's 2019 Baltimore Conference Committee, and serving as an Executive Board member for the Mid-Eastern Chapter of APCO. He also served as Chair for Professional Development Events Committee, Vice-Chair of Cybersecurity Training Writing Group, and a member of the Cybersecurity Committee.


Bob had a wonderful public safety career, traveling worldwide, speaking, teaching, and learning. He was always quick to smile, crack a joke, and start a rapid-fire talk, often starting a thought and winding up in intense dialogue before concluding. He has left a permanent mark etched on our hearts and will be supremely missed for his fierce independence, strength, wisdom, and loyalty.  He leaves to cherish his warm memory, Art Viwatpanahchat, his doggy daughter Rosie, and a host of family, friends, colleagues, and the entire Public Safety Communications world.


 

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Name Robert Donald Bloom
Date of Birth July 18th, 1959
Date of Death July 20th, 2020
Home Town Williamsport, PA, US 
Other City Alexandria, VA, US 
Favourite Saying "Testing, tesing, and more testing"
In Memoriam Donation APCO PSFA Sunshine Fund
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Funeral Home The Funeral Choices of Chantilly, VA
Cemetery Wildwood Cemetery of Williamsport, PA
Address 91 Wildwood Boulevard
Williamsport PA 17701
United States
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SiblingsMichael David Bloom, Deborah Lee Bloom, Margaret Louise Young
ParentsDonald George Bloom, Vera Lavelle Bowman

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Vanessa Coles published a tribute .

I started working for DECC in late September of 2019. Bob was the first to ask me to lunch. That was the beginning...listening to wonderful stories, understanding his great sense humor, and getting that he was wicked smart. He was a great human and I am blessed that our paths crossed -- Vanessa

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Shawnta published a tribute .

To his family, friends and coworkers I express my heartfelt sorrow for the passing of a great person. I will miss my friend from BPD Dispatch ... Always will be my Bloom Doom.. He made me laugh when worked together with his humor. I gave him the nickname Bloom Doom because he always rained on an officer parade. I will forever smile at the memories we had laughing in KGA ...

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Karen S. Walker published a tribute .

Art, I will always remember Bob as the guy with the stories. From our days at MWAA he always entertained me with tales from his days as a new dispatcher, when he was with the City of Baltimore and to the present day. I loved it when he brought Rosie to visit me at work, he spoiled her so. The day I met you at MWAA, when he was showing you around, I could tell how special you were to him. Cherish your memories of him. I will.

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Smail Farid published a tribute .

Bob always going to be remembered for his dedication to his job and family. I worked with Bob on may projects and outages after hours. When I receive a call or email from Bob, usually it is brief and into the point. He was in the business of saving lives. Bob loved what he is doing and enjoyed talking about it. He mastered the skills of emergency communications systems. His public service years is to be celebrated.

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Calvin Mcfarland published a tribute .

But I was a fantastic individual and always a pleasure to work with when it came to troubleshooting specifically. He was very open minded but if You didn’t take the time to get to know Bob he may come across as a know it all and I always felt it would be someone’s loss if they didn’t take that moment As the guy was simply full of information related to the field and then some. Please count your blessings and having the opportunity to have known or met this fine individual.

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Susanne Valdez published a tribute .

Bob and I worked at Motorola together. I always enjoyed being onsite with him, being a local celebrity and all ( he was in the opening scene of Backdraft). Bob was kind, generous and had an incredible passion for Public Safety. I admired Bob’s love and dedication to his sister, he spoke about her so often. When my family experienced a loss earlier this year, Bob did not hesitate to reach out and offer his support and love. I will miss running into Bob at industry events and I will especially miss the adventures of Rosie! Rest well my old friend, we will take it from here.

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Yolande Vincent published a comment .

Bob was a wonderful person. I really enjoyed working for and with him. He was always a hard worker and took pride in it! I feel blessed and honored to have worked with him. May his soul rest in eternal peace!

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Arthur Rangsan Viwatpanahchat published a comment .

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Christina Dravis published a comment .

He never once mentioned he was in Backdraft! Was he one of the firefighters responding to the Chicago fire in the very beginning??

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Art Viwatpanahchat published a tribute .

Do you know that he appears briefly in a movie Ladder49, the shot was in the command post truck.

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Arthur Rangsan Viwatpanahchat published a comment .

Just Ladder 49 :)

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Christina Dravis published a comment .

Was he also in Backdraft, or just Ladder 49?

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Raj Naraparaju published a tribute .

Bob was a great guy! I worked with him at Reagan airport. He was a very hard working and a funny guy! Just a couple of days ago, I wished him Happy Birthday on FB. So sad to know that he is no more. May his soul Rest In Peace!

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Amanda Young published a tribute .

My Uncle Bob traveled a lot for his job when I was younger. Every place he traveled he would send my sister and I a postcard with a little fun fact or something about the place is was visiting. I still have all the postcards he sent me.

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Jeff W published a tribute .

In just 8 short months Bob has provided the wisdom and knowledge so that I could grow. I can tell you more than once we talked each other off the cliff from getting ourselves into situations. Thanks for the friendship and guidance. Will continue on the legacy of the "Bloom" Command Box and the revolution of the 911 systems.

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Margaret Young published a tribute .

Here is a picture from 2008 when we went to Disney World with Bob. He loved his nieces and his humor was enjoyed on this trip. I still have a note that he left us. He is missed.

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Tony Dunsworth published a tribute .

In the four years I had the privilege of working with Bob, he went from colleague to good friend. He was always quick with a story about something regardless of what was going on around us. He was truly a great person. I learned a lot from him about not only this industry, but as a person as well. I can't say enough good things about him.

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Margaret published a tribute .

Bob was my brother. Too many memories to put here. My favorites are when my husband and daughters went to disney with him. And the time we spent together growing. He is missed. Love, Margaret

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Ted Heinbuch published a tribute .

HE ALSO WORKED AT THE BALTIMORE CITY FIRE DEPT DISPATCH AND WAS THE BCFD CAD GUY

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Liz Phillips published a comment .

Art.. you left out yourself.. you meant so much to him.. love you

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Arthur Rangsan Viwatpanahchat published a comment .

Thank you. We have edited his biography.

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Rob F published a tribute .

Great guy! Truly enjoyed the time we worked together when I was assigned to Communications for the BPD. Learned a lot by being around Bob. Always a good sense of humor and a gentleman. God Bless you Bob and His peace to those you leave behind.

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Jamie Bartlett published a tribute .

I knew Bob through my work as Director of Safety & Security for Alexandria City Public Schools, a user of the Alexandria public safety network. He was always helpful, bringing solutions to the table. He was an interesting guy to talk to and will be sorely missed, not the least by his beloved Rosie. Godspeed, my friend.

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Sue Greentree published a tribute .

My heart and prayers go to Bob's family & all that know him. I got to know him thru the 911 community and APCO events. He became for than just a colleague, he was a friend. He will be forever missed.

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