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Patrolman Anthony L. Ruthy | Chicago Police Department, Illinois Chicago Police Department, Illinois


Anthony L. Ruthy

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Thursday, April 30, 1931

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Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # 4158

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .25 caliber

Offender: Executed in 1931

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Officer Anthony Ruthy was shot and killed and Officer Patrick Durkin was mortally wounded by a man they attempted to arrest at the Chicago Public Library on Michigan Street. The man, wanted for a bank robbery in Neponset eight days earlier, had gone to the library to meet his wife who helped police set up a trap for him. When he saw Officers Ruthy and Durkin along with two other officers approaching him he produced a pistol and opened fire. Three officers were hit in an exchange of fire. The suspect ran up Randolph Street; was tackled by a store clerk; and arrested by police. Officer Ruthy died minutes later. Officer Durkin died at a local hospital two days later.

The suspect was convicted of Officer Ruthy's and Officer Durkin's murder on May 29, 1931. He was executed in the electric chair on October 16, 1931.

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End of Watch: Saturday, May 2, 1931
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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 81rst anniversary of your death. 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 Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
April 30, 2012


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