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Reserve Deputy Timothy A. Ruggles

Placer County Sheriff's Office, California

End of Watch Sunday, February 9, 1986

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Reflections for Reserve Deputy Timothy A. Ruggles

I did Tim’s background. Everyone spoke highly of him and I was glad to recommend him for hire.
We lost him way too soon after only 11 months in uniform. Tim was from a law enforcement family and would have made our world better. Rest easy young hero. You’re never going to be forgotten!

Rocky Warren Sgt (Ret)
Placer Sheriff’s Dept.

April 26, 2022

I meant to say the Goldenstate. Rest in peace Reserve Deputy Ruggles.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

May 5, 2020

Rest in peace Deputy Sheriff Ruggles. A tragic life cut short by violence forever remembered as a heroic public servant. You served the Evergreen State with pride and distinction.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

May 26, 2018

Rest In Peace Brother LEO. You are not forgotten.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

February 9, 2018

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
Matthew 5:9

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

October 25, 2014

Tim, You were a happy part of my childhood at St. Rose Elementary School in Roseville where we were taught to do our best and serve others. Yours was a great life in its prime that was cut short prematurely by an event you could not influence. It was a act of true service and sacrifice as you were not a paid deputy, volunteering as you were working toward a new career. Rest in enternal peace my friend, you are remembered and an example of someone who gave their all trying to help others.

Captain James R. Maccoun
Sacramento Police Department

May 8, 2012

Rest in Peace, Deputy Ruggles. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

January 19, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 22nd anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
mother of Officer Larry Lasater, eow 4/24/05
Pittsburg PD

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

February 9, 2009


Pat Van Den Berghe
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

February 7, 2008

"The Badge"

He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.

He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.

Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.

He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.

His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.

He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.

And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.

But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.

Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.

Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.

So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.

In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.

Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.

Written By:
David L. Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

December 5, 2007

Deputy Ruggles,
On today, the 19th anniversary of your death, I would like to say thank you for your service to the citizens of Placer County.


February 9, 2005

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