Robert Bloom - In Memoriam

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Robert Bloom - In Memoriam

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Robert Bloom

The City of Alexandria is devastated by the loss of Robert Bloom, Public Safety Systems Administrator in the Department of Emergency and Customer Communications (DECC), in a vehicle crash on the morning of July 20, 2020.  Bob's colleagues in DECC, across the City and around the world are saddened by his loss and send deepest condolences to his family and friends.

NEW TIME AND LOCATION: A vigil memorial service will be held on Friday, August 7, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., at the Lee Center (1108 Jefferson St., Alexandria, VA). To help manage COVID-19 distancing guidelines, please RSVP at Virginia's executive orders require face coverings to be worn in indoor public settings.

Memorial donations may be made in Bob's name to:

Public Safety Foundation of America
PSFA Sunshine Fund
c/o APCO Accounting Department
351 N Williamson Blvd.
Daytona Beach, FL  32114

Bob joined the City in 2016, following previous roles with the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, the City of Baltimore, and telecommunications vendors. After beginning his career in a small county 911 center in Pennsylvania, Bob helped implement nearly every advancement in 911 technology over the next three decades. Bob earned several of the top certifications in his field, and was regarded as a national leader in public safety telecommunications. Bob chaired the 2019 international convention of APCO International (the global organization of public safety communications professionals), and served on APCO's cybersecurity committee.

In 2020, Bob led Alexandria to become the first city in the United States to enable staff to answer 911 and 311 calls from home. This helped DECC reduce the risk to staff from COVID-19 and ensure continuity of service to the community. 

Bob was an extremely dedicated and talented professional, whose 30-year career in public safety demonstrated a deep commitment to saving lives and serving people. His technical expertise, industry knowledge and practical experience helped protect first responders and the communities they serve.