Ronald Dean Biller, 77, died on September 18, 2016, from illness related to his response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.
He was born in 1939 on Staten Island to Robert Crawford Biller and Evelyn Ruth Biller. He graduated from Tottenville High School in 1956 and enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve while attending college.
In 1963, he married Margaret Mornan; they celebrated their 53rd anniversary on Sept. 14, 2016.
He worked at Anaconda-Jurden as a draftsman and at Sears before being hired by the FDNY in 1967. With the FDNY, he worked in Manhattan (Engine 28/Ladder 11), Brooklyn (Engine 282/Ladder 148), and Staten Island (Engine 151/Ladder 76) as a firefighter and fire marshal. After a 35-year career, he retired as a lieutenant in 2002 while assigned to Engine 151. He worked at the World Trade Center after the terrorist attack in 1993 and again after the 9-11 attacks.
He served in the U.S. Coast Guard for 36 years and achieved the rank of commander. In 1997, he received his bachelor’s degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY, graduating magna cum laude.
He was a member of South Baptist Church of Tottenville.
He is deeply missed by his family, friends, and all who knew him.