Sergeant Patrick Ryan

Sergeant Patrick Ryan

Cleveland Division of Police, Ohio

End of Watch Friday, January 14, 1944

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Patrick Ryan

Sergeant Patrick Ryan died from injuries sustained in an automobile crash two miles north of Brooksville, Florida, while en route to pick up a prisoner for extradition back to Ohio.

He and the Cuyahoga County prosecutor had gone to pick up a vote fraud suspect, who was being held in Miami, Florida.

The prosecutor's car crashed into the rear end of a car that had stopped suddenly in front of them, causing it to flip over. Sergeant Ryan, who had been detailed to the prosecutor's office, was seriously hurt and died several hours later in a hospital in Brooksville, Florida.

Sergeant Ryan had served with the Cleveland Division of Police for 40 years. He was survived by his wife and son.


  • Age 70
  • Tour 40 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash
  • Location Florida

extradition, transport

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NEVER FORGET! Please help me honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Sergeant Patrick Ryan of the Cleveland Division of Police, Ohio and the additional 75 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer (Retired)
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

January 14, 2024

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