Steve Ruda has been deeply involved in men's ministry since the early 1990s, and was one of the founders of Catholic Men's Fellowship of California. A former seminarian and Marine Captain, Steve is very active in many ministries in the Church and in community service.
He is a frequent speaker and has spoken at many Catholic events such as at the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and the Diocese of Oakland. He is a Battalion Chief with the City of Los Angeles Fire Department. In 2005 he was named "Firefighter of the Year" for the LAFD. He has received the California State Firefighters Association's Medal of Valor for helping to rescue a wounded police officer under gunfire. He has received three commendations for bravery including the Medal of Merit, one of the highest honors given by the LAFD.
Steve's comments concerning September 11's Flight 93 became the Mission Statement of the National Memorial: "A common field one day, a field of honor forever. May all who visit this place remember the collective acts of courage and sacrifice of the passengers and crew, revere this hallowed ground as the final resting place of those heroes, and reflect on the power of individuals who choose to make a difference." Steve presently serves as Commander of Battalion 10 which serves the San Fernando Valley. He is married with three adult children and two Grandchildren.