In Memory














Paul Michael Bergman, 72, of Wabash, Indiana, died at 1:50 p.m. Thursday, May 31, 2012 at his home. He was born February 3, 1940 in Defiance, Ohio to Alva Frederick and Addie Marie (Hasch) Bergman.

Paul was a 1958 graduate of Mark Township High School in Mark Center, Ohio, and a graduate of Indiana University in Kokomo, Indiana. He married Diana C. Kirby at the Wabash Friends Church on October 26, 1963. He was a consultant for Homeland Security. Paul was also a Farm Bureau Insurance Agent, past Commander of the Civil Air Patrol, and past Director of the Wabash County Emergency Management Agency. He was also a past Wabash City Police Officer and currently a Wabash County Sheriff Reserve Officer. He was a member of the Bachelor Creek Church of Christ. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force, member of the USAF Honor Guard in Washington, DC, was in intelligence units overseas, and received distuinguished service awards. He was a former Wabash City Councilman, was on the Board of Directors of the Wabash County Historical Museum, past Director of the Wabash County Red Cross, past director of the Wabash County Civil Defense, and a lifetime member of the American Legion.

He is survived by his wife, Diana Bergman of Wabash; 2 children, Kenneth Bergman of Columbus, Indiana, and Karen (Doug) Mays of Wabash; 4 grandchildren, Matthew Bergman and Amanda Bergman, both of Columbus, Parker Mays and Kayla Mays, both of Wabash; 4 brothers, Carroll (Dolena) Bergman of Defiance, Gary (Mary) Bergman of New Bavaria, Ohio, Larry (Diann) Bergman of Sherwood, Ohio, Fred (Rita) Bergman of Defiance; sister, Roberta (Jim) Slight of Hicksville, Ohio; sister-in-law, Ardis Bergman of Defiance. He was preceded in death by his brother Eugene Bergman.

Funeral services will be held at Bachelor Creek Church of Christ, 2147 N. St. Rd. 15, Wabash on Tuesday, June 5, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. with Pastor Solomon David officiating. Burial will be in Friends Cemetery, Wabash. Friends may call 2-8 p.m. Monday and 1 hour prior to service Tuesday, at Bachelor Creek Church of Christ.

Arrangements by Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, Wabash.

a brief bio



      Indiana University, Kokomo, IN

      Bachelor’s Degree in General Studies (1986)


      American University, Washington, D.C.

      Certificate in Police Administration (1964-65)


      University of Maryland, College Park, MD (Overseas Division)

      Sociology, Psychology classes  (1960-61)


      Mark Twp. High School, Mark Center, OH

      High School Graduate (1958)


      American College, Bwyn Mawr, PA

      Chartered Life Underwriter, Graduate Professional degree (1973-78)




      Independent Consultant, Homeland Security                              Nov2001-Present

President and CEO of a homeland security consulting company, currently engaged with counties across the state of Indiana to conduct all-hazard analyses and author subsequent county-level comprehensive emergency management and hazardous material emergency response plans. Served as a consultant for numerous Washington, D.C. organizations conducting terrorism exercises for the Department of Homeland Security. In this capacity, engaged in planning and executing Weapons of Mass Destruction exercises for 120 largest cities around the country under Lugar-Nunn-Dominici law passed by US Congress after 9-11. Contracted as a consultant with the Indiana State Emergency Management Agency to assist with the facilitation of various emergency management courses around the state. After the September 2001 attack on the Pentagon and World Trade Center, served as a member of the team contracted to author the Terrorism Element to the District of Columbia Emergency Response Plan.


Executive Director, Wabash Co. Emergency Management Agency     1998-Dec2001

Responsible for the compilation and coordination of all emergency support functions of the Wabash County Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan for the safety of all county residents, as well as the county’s Hazardous Material Emergency Response Plan.  These plans involve all mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery phases of any potential emergency or disaster.  Required close liaison and coordination with some eleven fire districts, two ambulance services and county hospital, three law enforcement agencies, and many other county, state and federal agencies, as well as community volunteer support groups. Supervised 37 paid and/or volunteer members. While a board member

of the state Emergency Management Alliance of Indiana (county Emergency Management directors from throughout the state), participated on conference team tasked with arranging the emergency managers’ 2000 State Conference and scheduling of conference speakers, which subsequently received recognition from State Emergency Management Agency Chairman Patrick Ralston for one of the most significant and meaningful conferences he has attended.


      County Emergency Coordinator, Wabash County                  1998-Dec2001

Emergency Management representative to the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC). Responsible for community education and preparedness for the transportation, handling, and storage of all chemical and hazardous materials in Wabash County. Initiated numerous programs which received seven outstanding awards in three years from Indiana State Emergency Response Commission (chaired by Director Ralston of SEMA), in recognition of these local LEPC accomplishments.


      Chairman of the Board, Civil Air Patrol, Inc.                             1996-1998

Civil Air Patrol (CAP) is the official United States Air Force Auxiliary. 

CAP’s membership was in excess of 58,000 volunteer members and is a not-for-profit humanitarian corporation involved in three Congressionally mandated missions: Emergency Services (Disaster Preparedness Response, including air

and ground Search and Rescue), Aerospace Education, and Cadet Programs (involving 25,000 youth from ages 12-21). For additional information, see "Professional Experience – United States Air Force Auxiliary."


      Senior Agent, Farm Bureau Insurance                            1970-1996

Special agent involved in multi-line sales.  Maintained close and

repeated contact with customers to service their needs.  Position required unique listener skills and a pleasant personality to maintain, and increase,

an adequate base of customers. Awarded title of "Governor" for achieving

number one sales agent in the company in 1973. Awarded title of Career Agent

in 1986. Constantly won trips and awards over period of twenty-six years.


Deputy Sheriff (Reserve/Special), Wabash County                 1968-Present

Normal law enforcement duties as non-paid, volunteer member.


      Police Officer, City of Wabash                                  1968-1970

Normal municipal police officer duties. Job required general skills

in police administration, police investigations, and customer complaint satisfaction in addition to specific law enforcement functions.


      Police Officer, City of Washington, D.C.                          1963-1968

Normal police officer duties involved in a large city, serving both as a plain-clothes and uniformed officer.  Also, worked in the office responsible for conducting all background investigations for applicants to the Washington, D.C. police department. In addition to general police officer duties, this job provided exposure to unique problem-solving and special care provided for many local dignitaries.



                United States Air Force Auxiliary (aka: Civil Air Patrol)representative to the Board of Governors, which was created by Act of U.S. Congress to act as oversight to the Civil Air Patrol organization for its management and financial affairs. While on the Board of Governors, selected to replace Michael Dominguez as the Chairman of its Audit Committee when Mr. Dominguez was appointed as the Acting Secretary of the Air Force.




      United States Air Force Auxiliary (aka: Civil Air Patrol) 1982-Present

Brigadier General and National Commander, United States Air Force Auxiliary. Served in every position of USAF Auxiliary’s chain of command through the years. In charge of the successful conclusion of all CAP and Air Force assigned missions undertaken by the Air Force Auxiliary. Responsible for the programs and welfare of 58,000 volunteer members and a $28 Million budget allocated by the US Congress.  Presided over scheduled National Board and National Executive Committee meetings each year. Met with dignitaries from the US Congress and various federal and government agencies, including the US Air Force on a frequent basis. Frequently briefed General Officers in the Pentagon on Auxiliary’s humanitarian activities, and Air Force mission-assigned search and rescue efforts. As National Commander signed National Memorandums of Understanding with James Lee Witt, Director, Federal Emergency Management Agency (Cabinet level position); and Mrs. Elizabeth Dole, President, American Red Cross.


      Colonel - Vice Commander, CAP (Second in Command)           1994-1995

                Chief of Staff (Third in Command)                1993-1994

                Commander, Great Lakes Region (Six-state area)    1991-1993

               *Commander, Indiana Wing                           1989-1991

*As Commander of the Indiana Wing, led the unit to number one in the Nation in 1991 utilizing the United States Air Force’s "Management Analysis Program".

              **Commander, Grissom Cadet Squadron                 1983-1984

**As Commander of the Grissom Cadet Squadron, directly involved in working with area youth, led the unit to 30th place out of 2,000 squadrons across the United States in

1983, and to 7th place in the Nation in 1984. (While a Public Affairs Officer of the Grissom AFB Squadron, was chosen as "Public Affairs Officer of the Year" for the state).


Active Duty Member, United States Air Force                         1958-1963

Served in United States Air Force Presidential Honor Guard in Washington, D.C.  Additionally, served overseas tours (now Intelligence Command) in Tripoli, North Africa, Turkey, and Germany. Completed active service at Bunker Hill AFB (now Grissom ARB, IN).




      Executive Director, Wabash County Emergency Management Agency

      President and member, Wabash City Council

      Member, Wabash County Council

      Director, former Wabash County Civil Defense                           

      President and Disaster Chairman, Wabash County Red Cross

President, Wabash County Civil Defense Advisory Board

Wabash Kiwanis

      Captain, Wabash County Sheriff's Reserves

      Big Brothers Board of Directors

      President, Marion-Wabash Life Underwriters Association

      President, Life & Health Insurance Leaders Club of Indiana

      President, Eastwood Parents Teachers Organization

      Associate (and active) member, Fraternal Order of Police

      Numerous Speaking activities, local service clubs    



      Air Force Honor Guard Association, Life member       

      Air Force Association                                      

Airplane Owners and Pilots Association

American Legion, Life member

Fraternal Order of Police

Indiana Emergency Management Alliance          

      Salamonie Life Underwriters Association                    



Indiana State Emergency Management Agency (numerous

        Professional Education Courses/SEMA Seminars)            

Certified Hazardous Material Technician                    

General Officer’s Public Affairs Course, Pentagon          

Air War College (National Security Forum), Maxwell AFB, AL 

       (By invitation of the Secretary of the Air Force)         

Graduate, USAF Squadron Officer School (c), Maxwell AFB, AL

      Instructor, Advanced First Aid                       

      Graduate, National Staff College, (in residence),

  Maxwell AFB, AL                                          

Chartered Life Underwriter                                 

      CPR Instructor                                                   

      Certified Emergency Medical Technician                      

      Instructor, First Aid                                      

      Life Underwriters Training Council                         

Graduate, Indiana Law Enforcement Academy                  

      Graduate, Washington, D.C. Police Academy                  




Courses available on request.                        




      Don Rowland, Chief Executive Officer, Civil Air Patrol

         US Air Force Auxiliary

         Maxwell Air Force Base, Montgomery, AL            

      *Richard L. Anderson, USAF, Retired

         Retired Colonel, United States Air Force

        *Currently a Delegate, 57th District, Virginia House of Representatives

         Woodbridge, Virginia

Arvin Copeland, Former Mayor/Fire Chief, City of Wabash    

         Currently Deputy Director, Indiana Department of Homeland Security