Ronald Fowlkes is Saving Thousands of Lives
Have you ever met a Marine, SWAT instructor or a manager of a large company? If you ever meet Ronald Fowlkes you’ll have met all three. To his friend he is known as Ronnie and to his recruits he is known as sir. From 1989 to 1993 Ronnie served in the U.S. Marine Corps and was promoted twice for his display of heroism in combat. He attended the Marine Corps School of Infantry and is a decorated veteran of the first Gulf War. Ronald is always first to take up a challenge and protect his comrades. That is why he joined the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO). This organization moves ahead of soldiers to clear IED’s and bomb threats saving countless lives in the process. A dangerous job to say the least, Ronald improved the company’s IED detection rates and provided important insight into the mindset of soldiers and enemies in the heart of a conflict. This gave engineers of JIEDDO ideas for new technology and training operations.
Upon completing his tour of duty Ronald Fowlkes became a police officer for the St. Luis Metropolitan Police Department for 10 years. He then joined the St. Luis County Police Department where he served for three years. During this time he became a team leader for the St. Luis Metropolitan Police Department HRT team, which was responsible for over 250 high-risk entries and hostage situations every year. He also became a certified SWAT/URBAN tactics chief instructor and mentor to those who wished to pursue a career in law enforcement or the military.
Ronald Fowlkes is currently the Development Manager of Eagle Industries Unlimited’s Law Enforcement products and services. He trains over 150 existing employees and new recruits about the use, safety and servicing of every Eagle Industries Unlimited products made for the military and law enforcement. Eagle Industries Unlimited is a manufacturer of tactical gear and equipment used by the U.S. military, law enforcement and police departments around the nation. It was established in 1974 to provide gear and equipment to those that serve to protect. This philosophy resonated well with Ronald and his military background. He has seen firsthand the brotherhood that develops in combat and the perpetual need to protect yourself and the man next to you.
The impact of a single individual and his or her efforts to make the neighborhood, block or city a better place usually goes unrecognized, but the dedication and changes that Ronald has made and continues to make have earned him the respect of his friends and countrymen. His trainees will go on to other law enforcement professions serving, protecting and saving lives. Directly and indirectly Ronald Fowlkes will be responsible for saving hundreds if not thousands of lives across America and the world.