Ronald Jon Siarnicki, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation’s Executive Director, began his career as a firefighter with the Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department in 1978 and over 40 years, progressed through the ranks to Chief of the Department. Prior to joining the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department, he served as a volunteer firefighter with the Monessen Volunteer FD, in western Pennsylvania. In doing so, he followed a family tradition-both his father and grandfather were volunteer firefighters.
In July 2001, he retired from Prince George’s and now manages the day to day operations of the Foundation to include the National Memorial Services, construction of the National Memorial Park and the renovation of the Fallen Firefighters Memorial Chapel located in Emmitsburg, Maryland. In addition, he created the catalyst for the development of the “Everyone Goes Home” Program designed to reduce the number of firefighter line-of-duty deaths that occur each year.