Ronald G. Reinhart
- Defiance Fire and Rescue Division
- Age: 63
- Year of Death: 2020
Ronald Gene “Ron” Reinhart was born in Hicksville, Ohio, to the late James and Rosa Reinhart on July 17, 1957.
Courage does not require an audience! He, no doubt, was dedicated to his profession as a firefighter/EMT. He began his career with the Hicksville Volunteer Fire and Rescue in Hicksville, Ohio, from 1978-1983. While serving in Hicksville, Ron attended fire school in Bowling Green, Ohio, for several years. He was also nominated Firefighter of the Year. He joined the Defiance Fire and Rescue Division in Defiance, Ohio, from 1982-2007. While serving there, he advanced to lieutenant. Ron’s sons, Tyler and Trevor, were auxiliary firefighters on the department for a few years. Ron took great pride in serving with his boys. He retired after 25 years of service with the Defiance Fire and Rescue Division. Ron had a total of 29 years of service with fire and rescue. He never missed an opportunity to share his knowledge and motivate rookies to keep going.
Ron was an avid outdoorsman. When not at work, you would find him hunting, trapping, and fishing. He was a lifetime member of the NRA, OSTA, and NTA. Traveling with his family to the cabin in Minnesota to hunt and fish was where his heart was full.
If you were lucky enough to be a part of Ron’s inner circle, you would know, above all he was a devoted and loving family man, leaving behind his wife of 43 years, Brenda; son, Tyler (Shannon) and (granddaughter) Sommer; son, Trevor (April) and (granddaughter) Jaylyn; daughter, Traci and (granddaughters) Hayden and Brezlyn.
As a result of Ron being exposed to hundreds of different toxic chemicals in the form of gases, vapors, and particulates throughout his career, in January 2020, he was diagnosed with stage 3 occupational cancer. Ron fought with everything he had to battle the cancer, never complaining, so as not to worry his family. After eleven months, he succumbed to the disease.
Ron will forever be greatly missed by his family, friends, and fellow firefighters/EMTs.