Jack Gentry is a lifelong Baltimore resident. He graduated from Loyola University in 1975 with a BA in political science and a BA in history. Jack joined the Baltimore City Police Dept in 1975 and worked in various fields of law enforcement throughout his 37 year career. His expertise included 26 years of hostage negotiation, 14 of which he served as the instructor and coordinator of the team. In 1994, Jack became a member of the Baltimore City SWAT team, eventually serving as a team leader. As part of the SWAT team, Jack was also a member of the Emergency Services Unit. Jack was a highly decorated police agent throughout his extensive career. His awards included 4 Bronze Stars, 5 Unit Citations, a Life Saving award, a Mayoral Citation of Valor, 2 Police Commissioner Ribbons of Excellence, and a Departmental Accommodation Ribbon. He was a 1987 nominee for Baltimore City police officer of the year and in 1988 he was given the Maryland State Police Officer of the Year award. In 2012 Jack retired from the Police Dept.
In addition to his police career, he was an avid wood worker and carpenter, designing and building custom cabinets and furniture. He also spent 12 years as a little league baseball coach and enjoyed skiing, camping, spelunking, hiking, rock climbing, golfing, sailing, traveling and competitive running. Additionally, he and his wife, Teresa, raised 3 successful boys.
While looking forward to an active retirement, Jack’s plans changed drastically when, in April 2013, he was seriously injured as a result of a medical error during an elective surgery to repair two bulging discs in his neck. Jack was paralyzed from the neck down.