After two years of applying, Marc was again getting disheartened, but the support of his girlfriend at the time, now wife, Tiffany kept him motivated.
In 2012, he finally got his break, and was accepted to the Milford Fire Department. He excelled at the academy which he attributes to the grueling challenges he face while in The Corps, specifically remembering Operation Mountain Lion. For many veterans, any challenge the civilian world throws at you can be plowed through when you tell yourself, “Can’t be worse than what the Marines put me through”
Ruggiero graduated as the platoon leader out of the 66 recruits his class started with. He was also awarded the Michael C. Riley Hard Charger Award, that honors a fellow Marine and firefighter that lost his life.