Ronald S. Manwaring is a graduate of Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. A State-certified Health and Driver's Education teacher, he took a job as a patrolman with the Murphysboro Police Department in 1972. During this same time he also served as a voulnteer (paid-on-call) fireman for the Murphysboro Fire Department. Ron served many years as a Sergeant of the Murphysboro Police Department. In 1996, he was promoted to Chief and served until his retirement in 2002. In 2009, Ron officially retired from the Murphysboro Fire Department and became a lifetime member of the Coal Belt Fireman's Association. For many years Ron has been a "Firebuff" collecting thousands of pictures of fires and firetrucks. He also has an impressive collection of fire memorbilia.