Former Indianapolis Homeland Security Chief dies after battle with Parkinson’s Disease

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The former Indianapolis Homeland Security Chief Gary Coons has died after a battle with Parkinson’s Disease.

Coons, a former firefighter, was diagnosed with the disease several years ago.

Before his death, he was servingĀ as manager for Indianapolis’ Emergency Operations Center.

He was a leading administrator during the time of the Richmond Hill explosion. Earlier that year, Coons oversaw security for the Super Bowl.

IMPD Chief Roach released the following statement on the loss of Coons.

“Today, our Community lost a dedicated public safety colleague. We send our prayers and thoughts to the Coons family for comfort, strength and understanding during this difficult time.”