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Resident Recognized For Service in Disaster Recovery & Preparedness

When others run from trouble, you’ll find Gary G. Miller running toward it. For more than 40 years, Gary has devoted his career and talents to helping people and communities prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters, both natural and man-made. Springfield Township Trustees recognized Mr. Miller, a resident of Springfield Township, for the profound impact he has made throughout the country.

Mr. Miller is a Certified Emergency Manager and was one of seven individuals in the United States identified by the American Red Cross to serve as the Senior Red Cross Director for Major Disaster Operations. He was an administrative director of the American Red Cross Critical Response Team, which represents Red Cross at the Homeland Security Emergency Operations Center in Washington and responds to terrorism incidents and aircraft crashes.

He has served as the senior Red Cross official on more than 30 major disaster operations, including job director of the American Red Cross September 11 World Trade Center terrorist attack relief operation in New York; director of the multiple hurricane relief operation in Florida; and deputy director of Hurricane Katrina relief for Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. He also was part of the $58 million Red Cross relief operation in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean after Hurricane Hugo in 1989, and the 1997 Ohio River flooding.

Mr. Miller retired from full-time employment at the American Red Cross in 2007, but continues as a volunteer assisting the local and National Red Cross through major disasters, planning and advising.

He was the chairman of trustees at his church and is a current elder. He also serves as a board member on the Cincinnati Fire Museum, Cincinnati FBI Citizen Academy and the Greater Cincinnati Hazardous Material Team, and is a member of the Greater Cincinnati Airport Disaster Committee.

Mr. Miller received the Red Cross Cincinnati Area Chapter and National Headquarters "Tiffany Award" for employee excellence in 1989, as well as the National Headquarters Red Cross Partnership Award. April 27, 2007, was proclaimed Gary Miller Day in Cincinnati and he received the Key to the City in a special ceremony. He is a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Loveland Symmes Fire Department; the National Headquarters Red Cross Vice President’s Award for Employee Excellence; and was recently inducted into the Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame.