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Chief of Police John Tobia Ruth | Lehman Township Police Department, Pennsylvania Lehman Township Police Department, Pennsylvania

Chief of Police

John Tobia Ruth

Lehman Township Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch: Sunday, July 20, 1930

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 40

Tour: 5 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Committed suicide

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Chief Ruth was shot and killed while investigating a murder from the previous day. The suspect ambushed Chief Ruth and shot him. The chief was taken to Nesbitt Hospital where he died of his wounds. The suspect committed suicide a short time later.

Chief Ruth had served with the Lehman Township Police Department for 5 years. He was survived by his wife and two children.

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 83rd anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to be among the first to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater
January 13, 2013

 

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