Corporal John E. Ruch

Corporal John E. Ruch

Ohio State Highway Patrol, Ohio

End of Watch Wednesday, March 4, 1942

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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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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Corporal John E. Ruch of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Ohio and the additional 63 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation

March 4, 2020

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