Ron is a U.S. Navy Veteran of the first Gulf War and while serving with the Reserve Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit Det. 409, was activated and deployed with EOD Mobile Unit 8 as a Basic Underwater Demolition First Class Navy Diver for Operation Enduring Freedom in 2001.
He worked for the PA Department of Corrections for 16 ½ years with the last 5 being dedicated to the Hostage Rescue Team as a certified Law Enforcement Explosive Breacher. During that time, he was attending Butler County Community College where he earned his degree in Criminal Justice. In 2009, he was hired as a PA State Parole Agent with the PA Board of Probation and Parole and was certified as a Firearms Instructor shortly thereafter. Ron retired from the Board in January of 2020 as a State Parole Supervisor / Firearms Instructor in order to devote his time to running TSP full-time.
Throughout the last 20 years of his employment with the State, he has taught Basic Defensive Tactics, Advanced Defensive Tactics, Handgun and Shotgun classes in the PA Department of Corrections, Probation and Parole and in the private sector as well. He has earned a degree in Criminal Justice. He has been certified by Red Cell International, Corp. as a Tactical Operator, NYPD for HIDTA I & II Dynamic Entry, NTOA for Basic SWAT, Tactical Security Network, Inc. for Law Enforcement Tactical Explosive Breaching, the PA HRT as an Operator/Explosive Breacher, the NRA as a Law Enforcement Handgun/Shotgun Instructor and the Pennsylvania State Police as a Firearms Instructor. He is a PSP certified Act 235 Agent, Lethal Weapons Instructor for Act 235, a MPOETC Firearms Instructor and Retired Law Enforcement Instructor for LEOSA recertification. He has also been certified as a Stop The Bleed instructor as well as an ASHI Certified EMR & EMT-B medical responder.
He is a Lifetime member of the VFW, American Legion, the NRA as well as being a 32nd degree Master Mason. He was recently honored as a Distinguished Graduate of the Front Sight Firearms Training Institute where he maintains a Founder membership.
Ron is very passionate about fighting Human Trafficking and Sex Slavery of our children around the world. He has participated in rescue operations globally that has saved hundreds of children from a life of abuse and rape. He is active with a number of humanitarian organizations as well as being a member of the Mercer County Human Trafficking Collaborative.