P.O. Anthony L. Ruthy #4158

Name: Ruthy, Anthony L.
Star: 4158
Memorial Panel #: #PANEL#
Rank: Patrolman
District / Unit: Traffic Division
End of Watch: 30 April 1931
Incident Details: Police Officer Anthony Ruthy, 42, was assigned to the Traffic Division. On April 30, 1931, Officer Ruthy was directing traffic near Michigan and Randolph Street. Unbeknownst to the officer, a sting operation was taking place nearby. Police Officer Durkin, 38, and two detectives were detailed to arrest a wanted bank robber, Frank Jordan. The partners were waiting at the corner of Michigan Avenue and Randolph Street when Jordan appeared. Officer Durkin attempted to put Jordan under arrest when the offender freed himself, drew a gun, and fatally wounded the officer. Officer Ruthy joined the detectives and civilians in pursuing Jordan. A civilian, Ernest Schaeublin, tackled and was attempting to restrain Jordan when the offender fired off one last shot, fatally wounding Officer Ruthy. Officer Durkin succumbed to his injuries on May 2. Officer Ruthy succumbed to his injuries at Saint Luke’s Hospital.

On August 5, 1931, the police department honored Ernest Schaeublin for his heroic effort in apprehending Frank Jordan. Schaeublin was presented with a gold honor star for meritorious service; it was the first presentation of its kind.

Frank Jordan was found guilty and electrocuted in Cook County Jail on October 16, 1931.

Police Officer Ruthy’s funeral mass was held at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church and he was laid to rest in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. He was survived by his wife, Catherine.