On Tuesday, November 30, Ronald J. Siarnicki, Executive Director of the National Firefighters Foundation was sworn-in as an Honorary Battalion Chief in a ceremony at FDNY Headquarters that was presided by FDNY Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro.
Chief Siarnicki has been a longtime friend and supporter of the FDNY and FDNY Foundation. The FDNY Foundation congratulates him on this well-deserved honor and thanks him and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation for their ongoing support of our various FDNY programs and projects!
In his role as Executive Director, Chief Siarnicki has managed 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. He has been instrumental in the development of the Everyone Goes Home Program designed to reduce the number of Firefighter line-of-duty deaths that occur each year in the United States. Annually, FDNY members participate in the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Stair Climb for Fallen Firefighters, an event honoring Firefighters who have made the Supreme Sacrifice. Participants climb the equivalent of 110 stories to symbolize the ascent that FDNY Firefighters took on September 11, 2001. The event raises funds for programs benefitting surviving family members of Firefighters across the country, including the FDNY Counseling Services Unit.