NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Richard Sheirer, who was head of New York City’s Office of Emergency Management during the 9/11 attacks, died this morning.
Sheirer died of an apparent heart attack while driving to work.
As OEM chief during the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, Sheirer played a critical role in securing the city and boosting anti-terror efforts.
Sheirer was named head of OEM by former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani in 2000. After leaving the OEM, Sheirer became a senior vice president at Giuliani Partners.
Prior to heading OEM, Sheirer served in the FDNY for 20 years.
Sheirer lived on Staten Island.