Corporal John E. Ruch

Corporal John E. Ruch

Ohio State Highway Patrol, Ohio

End of Watch Wednesday, March 4, 1942

John E. Ruch

Corporal John Ruch was killed in an automobile accident during a high-speed pursuit on US Route 20 in Ashtabula County. He and another patrolman were en route to a defense meeting when they attempted to stop a speeding vehicle. Their patrol car went out of control on ice and snow and struck two trees.

Corporal Ruch had served with the agency for 8 years and was stationed in Geneva at the time. He was survived by his wife and parents.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge 28/134

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicle pursuit
  • Weapon Not available
  • Offender Not available

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 70th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was murdered on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

March 5, 2012

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