Policeman Robert "Ruby" Schanbaum

Policeman Robert "Ruby" Schanbaum

Cook County Highway Police, Illinois

End of Watch Saturday, August 11, 1934

Robert "Ruby" Schanbaum

Policeman Robert Schanbaum was struck and killed by a drunken driver while he and his partner issued a speeding ticket to another driver on Milwaukee Avenue.

The occupants of the car, a family of four, and the two officers were standing next to the vehicles discussing the ticket when another car approached and struck the group. Policeman Schanbaum and the driver being ticketed were killed. The driver's wife and two children were injured, along with the drunken driver who was ejected from his vehicle. Policeman Schanbaum's partner was not injured.

Policeman Schanbaum had served with the Cook County Highway Police for seven years. He was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge 1302

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Not available

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On July 7th, 2016 five of my brothers were murdered here in Dallas, Texas. While attending the funeral for DART Police Officer Brent Thompson, I was greeted by two deputies from Cook County that saw my last name and remembered your name from the Line of Duty Death Memorial a few weeks prior. It was an honor to know that 82 years later, your name is still remembered by those who currently watch the Thin Blue Line. I carry your badge with honor sir. We have the watch!

Captain Maxwell Schanbaum
Smith Protective Services

August 11, 2016

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