It was John Pagliarini’s first day on the job as former Providence, Rhode Island Mayor Angel Tavares’ chief of staff. One of the first people to walk through the door was the then Providence Emergency Management Agency Director Peter Gaynor. Gaynor came bearing gifts for Pagliarini– a duffel bag with “executive one” written on the front, filled with emergency management supplies. “I look inside and it’s a fire suit, emergency frequency radio and all the things you would need for Armageddon,” Pagliarini, now in the private sector, told ABC News. After Gaynor was confirmed as Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) director by the Senate in January, Pagliarini’s boss, Tavares, took to Twitter to congratulate his former colleague. Tavares said of Gaynor he is a “Marine who has never stopped serving our country.” For many, Gaynor is not known, but he is now the head of the agency tasked with leading the nation through one of the worst pandemics ever — novel coronavirus. Former colleagues and bosses spoke of Gaynor’s actions during a time of crisis. A former DHS official who worked with Gaynor, and spoke on the condition of anonymity, told ABC News that Gaynor did not seek out his


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